UPDATE: Coleman has conceded. Classy. He could have gone on to SCOTUS.

Yikes

In case you didn’t know, the Minnesota Supreme Court selected, Al Franken, of SNL Stewart Smalley fame, to the US Senate today. What this now means is that the Democrats have a filibuster proof Senate. God help us all.

The CNN Political Ticker reported late yesterday that Rudy Giuliani is pondering a run for governor of New York in 2010.

Asked by CNN’s John Roberts on American Morning if he’s seriously considering a gubernatorial bid, Giuliani said “I’m thinking about it but I don’t know if I’m at the point of seriously considering it. It’s a little too early.”

Giuliani would instantly become a favorite to beat incumbent Democrat David Patterson, that is, if Patterson is the nominee. Patterson faces a potential challenge from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is currently pasting Patterson in a purse of polls.

Say that three times fast.

Cuomo would also likely be tough for Giuliani to topple in a general election, especially if he runs for guv like he ran for President.

In other words, badly.

According to Rasmussen:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 31% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-three percent (33%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -2. That matches the lowest level yet recorded.

This morning the Supreme Court has validated what most Americans such you and I believe, and what Sonia Sotomayor does not–that racism is wrong. It has reversed the lower court ruling on Ricci v. DeStefano, a case where White and Hispanic firefighters were denied promotions earned through passing the promotional test because no Black firefighters passed the test.

You may remember that Sotomayor ruled against the firefighters who were denied promotion as an appellate court judge. Now she is likely to sit on the Supreme Court to espouse her view of the world, where lady justice’s blindfold has been torn from her face and ripped to shreds. Lucky us.

I think Harvard Economist Greg Mankiw nailed it in Sunday’s New York Times. You should read the entire article. However, for your convenience, I’ve provided snippets after the jump.

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While I’m sure the supporters of these Tax Day related Tea Parties mean well, they are accomplishing nothing.

Do these protesters ever take the time to research a viable initiative to create legislative change to cap government spending? Probably not, because they are too busy planning tea parties all over the country.

The use of the word “party” in and of itself implies a certain mindset to have fun instead of getting the job done. These venues regularly invite key note speakers to attract hoards of people who are tired of paying exorbitant taxes. No kidding, we are all tired of it, but throwing “whining parties” about taxes goes over about as well as a hole in a tea bag. If I were a Spend Politician, I’d be laughing at these colonist “wanna be’s” all the way to the bank.

I would bet these tea parties don’t even provide recycling bins for the tons of paper and plastic waste they leave behind. The organizers are simply too engrossed in finding ways to nail down their fifteen minutes of fame that exists only in their minds.

They are costing themselves (and us) even more in taxes. Protest venues are not a rite of passage for feisty youth, misdirected adults and popular media figures. If they are going to protest, they should at least have specific goals laid out for how they plan to formally activate change.

Can someone make a case for how he survives this?

(CNN) – A second South Carolina newspaper is calling for Gov. Mark Sanford to resign.

The editorial Friday morning in the Orangeburg Times and Democrat comes two days after Sanford admitted to an extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina. The governor also acknowledged Wednesday that he did not tell his staff that he was in Argentina during a five-day period over the past week.

“Sanford should exit not because of his personal problems but because in dealing with those problems, he has shown clearly that he cannot be an effective leader. The entire episode vividly illustrates irresponsibility and poor judgment. He could not have handled the situation worse,” the paper says in an editorial.

Watch it. Shake your head to be sure you’re really seeing it. Watch it again. Rinse. Repeat. Comment.

This is from the floor of the Louisiana House.

“Mark Sanford cannot navigate a deep and painful personal crisis and lead the state through its economic crisis at the same time,” read an editorial printed in The Spartanburg Herald-Journal. “This kind of personal issue is consuming. It will be more than a distraction from his duties as governor, it will be a higher priority.”

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/06/25/paper-calls-on-sanford-to-resign/

Statement from First Lady Jenny Sanford

I would like to start by saying I love my husband and I believe I have put forth every effort possible to be the best wife I can be during our almost twenty years of marriage. As well, for the last fifteen years my husband has been fully engaged in public service to the citizens and taxpayers of this state and I have faithfully supported him in those efforts to the best of my ability. I have been and remain proud of his accomplishments and his service to this state.

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To be blunt, I didn’t know much about South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. He seemed like a nice enough guy with pretty solid conservative bona fides so this early in the theoretical 2012 Race for the Oval, I wasn’t disappointed to see him lead the PD pack on the sidebar.

Well, I just got done watching the tail end of Sanford’s press conference where he attempted to explain his unannounced and unplanned trip to Argentina. Turns out Sanford really wanted to get off the grid – to someplace where he would be unrecognized. Here’s the bottom line.

Sanford went to Argentina to meet a woman (not his wife). El Rushbo quickly dubbed this new woman in Sanford’s life “The Girl from Ipanema”. I must geographically disagree with El Rushbo. Ipanema is in Brazil – a beach in Rio actually – not Argentina.

But I digress.

I’m trying hard not to judge the guy for making such a spectacular lapse in moral judgment. Really. I am.

But what kind of guy hops an 7,000 mile flight whilst telling everyone he was hiking the Appalachian Trail?

Talk about flaming out an falling to earth.

Accelerating faster than I believe many expected comes another world crisis. Will the President try to ignore this one away with meaningless talk? Or will he inaccurately deny not responding again?

“If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will … wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all.”

Possibly the President will come out and say that North Korea will “restate” their statement, as he did concerning Sonia Sotomayor’s infamous prepared and published remarks. Because, hey, restating, or stating again, will certainly avert North Korea’s threat to wipe us off the map!

One of the tricks in a magic show is to keep the attention of the audience on one thing while the magician performs some sleight of hand that makes up the magic trick. Pres Obama is using this trick to get all of his little pet projects passed into law, and distract the public with legislation overload.

Tonight ABC will be shilling the President’s healthcare reform plans, without any Republican response, opposition or alternative viewpoints presented. Don’t get me wrong, this is bad – very bad. Look for sob stories, emotional appeals and rhetoric not based in actual facts and numbers. Remember the time when the press was supposed to just report the news, and not slobber all over the people making the news? Oh, the good ol’ days. Read more

Yesterday’s debate about Sanford’s private getaway to hike the Appalachian Trail drew sharp, committed arguments from both sides.

Now that we know he was actually in Argentina, has anyone’s opinion changed?

Mine sure hasn’t. How do you travel to a foreign country without letting your Lt. Gov. know? Your wife? Your staff? Or maybe they did know and were lying for him, but why? All we have today are more questions.

Sanford needs to address this in a news conference today. Otherwise we’ll be forced to send him tumbling in the PD Power Rankings, and that would prove devastating to his 2012 hopes! (insert gagging noises)

While one of our illustrious editors is still compiling that top ten list of Palin – Letterman responses (hint hint), I thought we could add another contest:

Come up with a new name for ACORN.

For Example:
Convicts Having Erased All Threats to Success – or CHEATS
Surely Not Organizing, Outside of Killing Every Republican Effort for Democrats – or SNOOKERED
Convicts Organizing Registrations Reading Unclassified People’s Tax Entries and Details – or CORRUPTED

Ok, you get the idea. Let’s energize that right brain of yours and get some funny acrostics going!

(Extra credit to the person who wants to draw up their new logo)

In one of the odder stories recently, South Carolina Mark Sanford was AWOL for several days, as he apparently was taking his own “walk in the woods”, and doing some writing. (Sounds like a certain PD editor we know. Hrm, I wonder if they shared a cabin?)

Sanford supposedly told staffers he’d be away and difficult to reach, which appears to be the truth:

Neither Sanford’s office nor the State Law Enforcement Division, which provides security for governors, had been able to reach Sanford since he left the mansion Thursday in a black Suburban SUV assigned to his security detail, said state Sen. Jake Knotts , R-Lexington, and three others familiar with the situation, but who declined to be identified.

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Not to sound like an over zelous Glenn Beck fan, but Beck had predicted some time ago that ACORN, our favorite community organizing group, would change it’s name when things got too hot. Well, it looks like that has come, and they are in fact changing their name.

Why does this matter? They are doing what any good corrupt person or organization or cockaroach does when the light hits it: scatter into the dark shadows, wait for the lights to go out and come back out and commence plundering, stealing money, engaging in corruption, etc. Their real hope is that you all will ignore their man behind the curtain when the dust has settled and get on with your lives, so they can get on with the organizing of communities and such.

At anyrate, the ACORN drama just got a bit more dramatic, and a bit more devious. Look for the corruption to continue in whatever incarnation ACORN creates for itself.

Joe Biden (who appears to have been dispatched to Cheney’s undisclosed location) made a statement during the campaign. He said that Obama would be tested by a major international crisis. That was an understatement! It appears all these crises have begun to take their toll.

Oops!

Any predictions on when Obama’s approval number intersects with his disapproval number? August? November? Never?

Happy Fathers Day

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Filed Under General on Jun 21 

I wanted to wish a very happy Fathers Day to Jason, Stephen, and the rest of you who are dads out there in PD land. I hope you have a nice day and get to relax and enjoy.

Personally, I’ll be grilling up some dinner for my Pops.

Enjoy!