2012 races

Audio of Romney's 'Gifts' Comments; Jindal Slams Romney

Audio of Mitt Romney's "Gifts Comments and see below for Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) slamming Romney for these "insulting" and "completely unhelpful" remarks. You know things are bad when even a right wingnut like Jindal thinks Republicans are being "the dumb party" and that the 2012 Republican nominee for president is hurting the party. Me, I'm just popping up some more popcorn and enjoying the show! :) ...
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Nate Silver Ranks the Best and Worst Pollsters of 2012

Does Nate Silver ever sleep, or even rest? Apparently not. Even after a grueling election season in which he (rightfully) became a superstar, and also somehow found time to write and promote a new book (The Signal and the Noise, which I'm currently reading), he's still hard at work.
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Bill Kristol: GOP Shouldn't Fall on Its Sword to Defend a Bunch of Millionaires

Possibly the first rational thing Bill Kristol's said in a long while, but it's good to see this arch conservative coming at least a LITTLE bit to his senses. Now, if he could just talk some sense into the dead-enders at the Club for Growth, the Chamber of Commerce, etc. Also, I'd point out that Kristol's not conceding much at this point, given that if Congress doesn't act, all the Bush tax cuts - and other tax cuts as well - will expire at the end of the year, meaning that President Obama and the Democrats basically hold all the "cards" at this point. Plus, Republicans just got walloped b...
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President Obama Shares His Pride and Hope for Campaign Staff

President Obama tears up while thanking his campaign staff and encouraging them to pursue their own futures.
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Video: Polling Place Disaster in Prince William County, Virginia

Shocking New Footage of the Polling Place Ordeal of the most African-American District in Virginia's Prince William County
According to Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi, Virginia law requires that one voting machine be assigned per 750 registered voters. By contrast, Maryland law requires one voting machine per 200 registered voters. This polling place did not appear to adhere to Virginia's law, with only six voting machines and over 5,000 registered voters.
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VA Candidate for Congress HQ Defaced with 'Baby Killer' and 'Niger Lover' Graffiti

Ahhhh....Republicans, gotta love 'em. The first photo is of Wayne Powell for Congress headquarters (421 Branchway Road in Chesterfield, VA) defaced with the lovely "baby killer" graffiti you can see below. The second photo is of a Powell for Congress sign defaced at Grove Ave. near Sheppard St. in Richmond (note: I hear this happened to several others, including ones near Powell HQ).
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Mudcat: GOTV Will Lead Obama and Kaine to Prevail in Virginia

Mudcat explained on MSNBC with Chuck Todd that he did not see the Commonwealth as a "purple" state, but rather still as a "red" state, based on the makeup of the General Assembly. At a local state level, he is without doubt correct (and it must look extremely red from his perch down there in Roanoke), but thanks to continuing demographic changes and a growing urban population, particularly in NOVA, the picture is not quite as clear on a statewide basis. It is now possible for Democrats to statewide elections without attracting significant numbers of "independents" to its side.
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Gen. Wesley Clark Endorses John Douglass for Congress in VA

From the John Douglass for Congress campaign: I'm so proud to endorse my friend General John Douglass. We need more veterans in Congress, especially a flag officer like John who has worked with leaders in both parties for the good of our nation.
From our time in uniform, John and I have a unique understanding about how much more we can do to better serve our returning heroes. That is why more than two dozen high level national security leaders are standing wit...
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The Hill Botches Story and Underplays George Allen's Sleaziness

This story by The Hill, about how "[a] number of Senate candidates have not cut their ties to companies with vested interests in legislation the contenders could be voting on, should they be elected," has the right idea but is poorly executed at best. Thus, all we get on George Allen, who has glaring, egregious conflicts of interest, is the following boilerplate, including a whitewashing statement by the Allen campaign.
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Paul Ryan Speechifies About How He Would Savage the Poor

In a recent diary I asked what kind of person spends his time trying to ruin the lives of old Americans as Paul Ryan and his sponsors in the plutocracy do. Here, I ask, what kind of man kicks people when they are down and has the audacity to claim he is helping them?
Paul Ryan is some "Christian." He showed that once again today. He advocated for the end of poverty programs ...
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