The discussion of the "Tea Party insurrection," as Bill Clinton calls it, is from around 7:30 to about 9:42. The discussion of President Obama and how he's "getting his groove back" goes from about 10:00 to 12:50 or so. Also, at about 13:35-13:40 Clinton says it would increase President Obama's chances for reelection if the Democrats lose the House of Representatives in November, but also that it might not be good for the country. As always, Bill Clinton is an astute political analyst/junkie, well worth listening to.
*Bryan Fischer, who among other things believes that homosexuals were specially selected by Hitler because they would be more "savage, brutal and vicious" than "straight soldiers." Fischer also believes that Muslims shouldn't serve in the U.S. military or even be allowed to immigrate into the United States. Total hatemonger.
*Mat Staver, Dean of the Liberty University School of Law, says that "he does not believe Obama is the Antichrist, but he can see how others might," that those who express such insane beliefs "are expressing a concern and a fear that is widely shared." I wonder if Bob McDonnell and Mat Staver swung by the booths of their respective schools while they were at the conference.
*The utterly bizarre Dr. Ergun Caner, former Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, who canned as Dean by Liberty because "accounts of his upbringing, his knowledge of Islam, his qualifications and his role as an Christian apologist have been questioned."
*Lila Rose, an "anti-choice crusader" who has "devoted her considerable media savvy to depriving other women of their reproductive rights."
1. ABC WORKERS FACE JOB LOSSES
2. CRITICS SEE MORE PROBLEMS WITH ABC PRIVATIZATION
4. REFORM PROPOSALS GO BEYOND LIQUOR SALES
5. MCDONNELL AT VALUES VOTER SUMMIT SAYS COUNTRY IS SEEING A "CONSERVATIVE RENAISSANCE"
6. REDISTRICTING PREPARATIONS ANGER STATE SEN. HOWELL
11. DEATH PENALTY FOES SUPPORT LEWIS
24. SCHAPIRO: ALLEN SCHMOOZES POLITICAL TRIBE
26. ENVIRONMENTALISTS FOCUS ON CHESAPEAKE BAY CLEANUP
27. CHANGE IN VIRGINIA LAW EASES RULES FOR WIND FARMS
28. LIGHT-RAIL BILLS DUE SOON, BUT NORFOLK UNSURE HOW TO PAY
29. FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE SPEND BIG BUCKS IN HOPES OF BIG BREAKS IN BETTING CASES
30. IN VIRGINIA, FRANK WOLF CHALLENGER JEFF BARNETT FOCUSES ON THE FUTURE
[John] McCain is the headline attraction at Monday night's fundraiser for [Patrick] Murray, a former U.S. Army colonel now mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D). The event will be held at the Alexandria home of Susan and David Hirschmann. Susan Hirschmann is a lobbyist with Williams & Jensen who served as top aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) when DeLay was House Majority Whip, while David Hirschmann is a senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.If you need a reminder of what an corrupt slimeball Tom DeLay was, click here. As for John BONEr, see here for how he is "tightly bound to lobbyists." And Patrick Murray seriously thinks this is going to play in liberal, good-government Arlington and Alexandria? I mean, hell, why don't Republicans just nominate Tom DeLay himself, the guy lives in Alexandria after all?
The host committee also includes Charlie Black, a former McCain presidential campaign adviser and head of the lobbying form Prime Policy Group; Altria lobbyist Bruce Gates and his wife Joyce Gates, a former chief of staff to current House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)
1. LAWMAKERS SOUR ON ABC SALE
2. SPOTSY OPPOSES PRIVATIZING ABC SALES
3. MCDONNELL WON'T STOP WOMAN'S EXECUTION
8. CUCCINELLI GOES FOR THE GREEN
9. HOWELL HOPES VA. WILL START 'REPEAL AMENDMENT'
13. VIRGINIA'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION MIXED ON BUSH TAX CUTS
14. RURAL STAR LEGISLATION PASSES THE HOUSE
15. MCDONNELL PACKS IN ANOTHER WEEK OF FUNDRAISERS FOR HURT, OTHERS
17. MCCAIN TO RAISE CASH FOR MORAN CHALLENGER
20. VA. GOAL: GIVE MORE DEGREES, CUT COSTS
24. REPORTS OF ABUSE OF ELDERLY INCREASING IN VIRGINIA
37. TASK FORCE HOLDS OPEN MEETING TO DISCUSS NEEDED CHANGES IN METRO'S GOVERNANCE
"The President explains how the most dire warnings about the Citizens United case have been proven valid."
Where is Robert Hurt? Hiding under a rock, apparently, terrified to come out and debate Tom Perriello. What a tough guy!
Maybe he's not the most inspiring speaker. Maybe he doesn't have the optimal positions on the environment or other issues. The point is, Mark Warner hustles his butt off, keeps in touch with everyone, nurtures his networks, and wins wins WINS elections (in fairness, he also has a lot of money, but that doesn't negate all the other things Warner does). That's how it's done, and that's how it should be done to a large extent. I remember when I went on his campaign kickoff "flyaround" in 2008, the guy knew peoples' names, their kids names, their dogs' names, whatever. Whatever else you think about Mark Warner, that's impressive.
P.S. A highly observant friend of mine points out that one of the newspaper front pages has the headline, "Poll: GOP Ahead." Perhaps Warner's staff might have folded that paper a bit differently? :)
The challenge comes from his top spokesman as reported by Washington Post reporter and blogger Anita Kumar in her latest posting.More after the "fold"
In the rules of politics, McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin, a friend and a good guy, just dared Democrats to put an ABC referendum on the ballot.
Delegate Joe Morrissey, the House Democratic whip, came out yesterday against the Governor's plan, for many of the reasons any number of other groups/delegate/senators have also indicated having serious reservations about the proposal.
In addition, the beer and wine wholesalers, big supporters of candidate McDonnell last year, also came out against the plan as being fiscally flawed and favoring the big guys over the little guys, a point made by many small business owners.
Given that such opposition was surely expected by McDonnell and his staff, one would expect the normal response, this is part of the ritual dance here.
BUT THAT ISN'T WHAT HAPPENED.