Tuesday open thread

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Filed Under Open Thread on Jun 26 

Today marks the latest Tea Party test, this time in Utah where Sen. Orrin Hatch faces a challenge from Dan Liljenquist. Polls suggest Hatch will survive easily. Anyone see an upset? Speaking of upset, it would be fun to be in the elevator next time Senators Lee and Hatch find themselves face to face.

Also on the ballot today, Charlie Rangel, the third longest-serving member of Congress and a man who probably deserves jail time more than another term. Could he pull it out in a five-way primary?

Also today, the NYT wonders whether Obama is setting or following course and Hugh Hewitt takes on two common charges against Pawlenty as a Veep contender.

Comments

  • Gururussell

    Hewitt makes a few good points, but he goes way off base (and loses some credibility in his attempt to pump up Pawlenty’s chances) with this line:

    “Pawlenty ran into an early GOP primary electorate not looking to win the fall 2012 race so much as to promote vehicles through which to express anger at the president.”

    Not looking to win?  Just trying to vent anger?
    Who wrote that sentence – Arianna Huffington?
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/dear-angry-american-joini_b_734664.html

  • Gururussell

    Hewitt makes a few good points, but he goes way off base (and loses some credibility in his attempt to pump up Pawlenty’s chances) with this line:

    “Pawlenty ran into an early GOP primary electorate not looking to win the fall 2012 race so much as to promote vehicles through which to express anger at the president.”

    Not looking to win?  Just trying to vent anger?
    Who wrote that sentence – Arianna Huffington?
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/dear-angry-american-joini_b_734664.html

  • Gururussell

    With 70% of the vote reported, Rangel has 50%.
    Does he face a run-off if he doesn’t get 50% plus one, or is this a “highest vote tally wins” race?
    What a bunch of voting morons in that district.

  • Gururussell

    With 70% of the vote reported, Rangel has 50%.
    Does he face a run-off if he doesn’t get 50% plus one, or is this a “highest vote tally wins” race?
    What a bunch of voting morons in that district.

  • Anonymous

    PD Reminiscing. WOW!

    Just been reading some OLD OLD posts from 2007 and 2008. My how time, and life, flies by. Kaiser was just getting engaged, Obama was not the Dem nominee, Romney was the “conservative” in the race, and I had more hair.  

    Found this old post from November 2008 about Obama’s economic recovery plan. It is quite interesting to read those that predicted its failure and to especially read the libs in the forum that predicted its success. Some actually were arguing that “green jobs” and infrastructure spending would save the day. WOW how I wonder what they would say today regarding their brilliant economic predictions. What I noticed from reading these old posts is how ugh of an utter failure Team Obama has been, Romney needs to go to the the tape and remind Americans what we were promised in days of Hope and Change. If he can effectively do that people who are rational will see what a complete utter failure this POTUS is. The rest will do what they always do, vote Democrat.

    Blast to the Past
    http://politicalderby.com/2008/11/22/obamas-economic-recovery-plan-explained/

    • Gururussell

      “J” obviously didn’t stand for “Jenius”, did it?

      • Anonymous

        Not by a long shot. I wonder what happened to that guy. My guess is his Obama/Biden bumper sticker has been scratched off for quite a while.

  • Anonymous

    PD Reminiscing. WOW!

    Just been reading some OLD OLD posts from 2007 and 2008. My how time, and life, flies by. Kaiser was just getting engaged, Obama was not the Dem nominee, Romney was the “conservative” in the race, and I had more hair.  

    Found this old post from November 2008 about Obama’s economic recovery plan. It is quite interesting to read those that predicted its failure and to especially read the libs in the forum that predicted its success. Some actually were arguing that “green jobs” and infrastructure spending would save the day. WOW how I wonder what they would say today regarding their brilliant economic predictions. What I noticed from reading these old posts is how ugh of an utter failure Team Obama has been, Romney needs to go to the the tape and remind Americans what we were promised in days of Hope and Change. If he can effectively do that people who are rational will see what a complete utter failure this POTUS is. The rest will do what they always do, vote Democrat.

    Blast to the Past
    http://politicalderby.com/2008/11/22/obamas-economic-recovery-plan-explained/

    • Gururussell

      “J” obviously didn’t stand for “Jenius”, did it?

      • Anonymous

        Not by a long shot. I wonder what happened to that guy. My guess is his Obama/Biden bumper sticker has been scratched off for quite a while.

  • Jason Wright, Editor
    • Anonymous

      I saw that poll this morning. How does it feel on the ground in Virginia? If you had to make a call how would you call it?

    • Gururussell

      Great news…hope it holds true.
      Nice to see a poll with George Allen opening up a lead.

  • Jason Wright, Editor
    • Anonymous

      I saw that poll this morning. How does it feel on the ground in Virginia? If you had to make a call how would you call it?

    • Gururussell

      Great news…hope it holds true.
      Nice to see a poll with George Allen opening up a lead.

  • Anonymous

    The real test for the Tea Party is getting their candidates elected to the seats for which they are running. When Tea Party candidates lose general elections the Democrats win. The Yankees do not hang up banners when they win the AL East, they realize that anything short of winning the championship is a failure.

    Good Pawlenty article. Hewitt is a serious minded analyst who is not easily swayed by fickle passions and quickly fading flavors. Anyone who is on the fence for Romney based on who his veep pick will be has not been paying attention over the last four years. Such silly proclamations from such voters is not who Romney needs to pander to. I am sure Romney will pick the best candidate as he sees it for many many reasons. What I like about Romney is he is never in panic mode and never seems to let fading passions dictate his message or his strategy. If Romney’s perceived ability to beat Obama is dictated by who he choses to be his vp then there was very little chance of him winning in the first place.

    • Anonymous

      When any Republican loses the Dems win.  It’s a spurious argument.

      Romney won’t win. He might be the President but that would only be due to the people voting against Obama because they have no other choice.

      In other words: VFTLOTE

      • Anonymous

        huh?

        You are voting Gary Johnson or some other laughable third party hack, are you not? There are numerous choices for POTUS as you have so eloquently proclaimed numerous times.

        Please. I encourage you. “vote your conscience”. It would be extremely disappointing if after months and months of proclaiming you would never vote for Romney were voting for his vp were voting against Obama, you actually cast your vote for Romney. Please. Do not sell out your convictions. You are better than that.

  • Anonymous

    The real test for the Tea Party is getting their candidates elected to the seats for which they are running. When Tea Party candidates lose general elections the Democrats win. The Yankees do not hang up banners when they win the AL East, they realize that anything short of winning the championship is a failure.

    Good Pawlenty article. Hewitt is a serious minded analyst who is not easily swayed by fickle passions and quickly fading flavors. Anyone who is on the fence for Romney based on who his veep pick will be has not been paying attention over the last four years. Such silly proclamations from such voters is not who Romney needs to pander to. I am sure Romney will pick the best candidate as he sees it for many many reasons. What I like about Romney is he is never in panic mode and never seems to let fading passions dictate his message or his strategy. If Romney’s perceived ability to beat Obama is dictated by who he choses to be his vp then there was very little chance of him winning in the first place.

    • Anonymous

      When any Republican loses the Dems win.  It’s a spurious argument.

      Romney won’t win. He might be the President but that would only be due to the people voting against Obama because they have no other choice.

      In other words: VFTLOTE

      • Anonymous

        huh?

        You are voting Gary Johnson or some other laughable third party hack, are you not? There are numerous choices for POTUS as you have so eloquently proclaimed numerous times.

        Please. I encourage you. “vote your conscience”. It would be extremely disappointing if after months and months of proclaiming you would never vote for Romney were voting for his vp were voting against Obama, you actually cast your vote for Romney. Please. Do not sell out your convictions. You are better than that.