Wednesday, August 31, 2005
"There is way too many fricking ... cooks in the kitchen."
Nagin is upset because Black Hawk helicopters had been diverted from dropping sandbags to attempt to repair a levee breech to rescue operations.
OK, let me see if I can put this in a language Nagin can understand.
As mayor of a city, you don't let your fricking citizens die in the fricking streets so that you can chase a fricking pipedream attempt to fricking plug a breach in a fricking levee.
Nagin went on to say:
"I had laid out like an eight-week to ten-week timeline where we could get the city back in semblance of order. It's probably been pushed back another four weeks as a result of this," Nagin said.
"That four weeks is going to stop all commerce in the city of New Orleans. It also impacts the nation, because no domestic oil production will happen in southeast Louisiana."
OK, that was never going to happen. It will take six to eight months minimum to drain the city and clear debris so that reconstruction can even begin. It will also cost about ten times the numbers kicked around so far to rebuild the city, somewhere in the neighborhood of $250 billion.
In fact, it might not be a woman named Cindy that ends the Iraq War, but one named Katrina. The Bush administration may have a decision to make. They can chase Bush's fricking pipedream in Iraq, or throw away an American city. I don't see how we can do both.
This is not correct. In this situation, which is similar to the movie Escape From New York, it is perfectly acceptable to loot anything.
The logic behind this is as follows. Of course, looting necessities is fine in this situation, but when your local supermarket runs out of necessities you may need the durable goods to barter for food, water, or safe passage. Don't think there aren't jackals out there demanding these items for goods and services, there are. It's human nature.
Some people here are seriously short of cash, and it's not just the poor. I heard a woman on NPR today say that she only had $80.00 to her name. She has no opportunity to get money out of her bank, it's underwater. Not a lot of working ATMs in the area either, although, if her bank is underwater, it is probably offline anyway.
When it comes down to it, this crap is insured, and it is crap.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Time to open the spigot to the strategic petroleum reserves.
Actually, I'm not sure what he is going to do. In this Reuters article he has the following to say:
"I'm not here to set the rules," Ververs said. "I'm not even here to voice my opinion. That's not my job."
Isn't voicing your opinion what a blogger does. Ververs goes on to say:
"It's going to be an honest, fair, unvarnished look at what we do, and that means that it's an experiment," Heyward said. "It's a risk. Not everybody approves of what we do. But I'm banking on the fact that people will also see how much effort we make about being fair and being ethical."
I don't know how one man can begin to do this job by himself. Ververs must be planning to sit around running quite a few Technorati searches. You see, the reason bloggers are able to point out the inaccuracies in major media stories is the shear number of us dwarfs the number of them.
Monday, August 29, 2005
For the record, the Protest Warriors are on the same side as Move America Forward. The problem is that the Protest Warriors use clever signs and the stupid fuckwits from Move America Forward apparently have problems with the English language.
Tbogg has the story.
Found via Digby
I just saw initial video of Gulfport and it looks bad. If they did board up, the boarding is gone. The city is in ruin. I haven't really seen a lot of coverage on Mississippi. I think what happened here is that the storm turned after the news channels set up and they were stuck. They haven't been able to get into southern Mississippi yet. When they do, it's gonna be much worse than New Orleans.
Anyway, you're probably getting all the hurricane coverage you want and more from other sources. If you want a blog from those who are there check these sites where the storm is being live blogged here, here, here, here, or here. Picture blog here.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
``No, I have not urged my own children to enlist.I don't know the status of my childrens' potentially enlisting in the Guard and Reserve,``
Status? OK, I don't have kids, but status seems a bit unpersonable to me. Must be a tight family.
Found via Atrios
Saturday, August 27, 2005
DO NOT PRINT THE NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO REMAIN PRIVATE HERE.
Friday, August 26, 2005
John Thune has got to be breathing a huge sigh of relief. Ellsworth's closure would have ended his career. I always kind of wondered in the back of my mind whether or not the base was put on this intentionally to later let him play the hero, or if this was a real possibility and was simply Bush taking a little more of our national treasury back to Texas with him.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
The Duke then used his windfall to buy the $2.55 million house he currently owns and is trying to sell for $3.5 million. That is a 37% appreciation in two years. That's plausible, I don't know the area, but it sure sounds like Duke is a one trick pony. Anyway, as I noted before, the feds have filed a lis pendens to block the sale so I guess that's a moot point.
Loftus also apologized and told The Times last week that "mistakes happen."
"I'm terribly sorry about that. I had no idea. That was the best information we had at the time," he said.
Loftus said he gave out the address to help local police, and insisted that [Iyad] Hilal, a Garden Grove grocery store owner, was a terrorist.
"I thought it might help police in that area now that we have positively identified a terrorist living in [Orange County]," he said.
Perhaps calling the police would have been the way to go, John. It's good to know Loftus doesn't bother to fact check anything. It's also good to know that Fox News didn't reprimand Loftus for giving out an address live on the air, but for making a mistake with the address. Stupid fucks.
What did the Voricks get for their trouble? An astute Fox News viewer spray painted "Terrist" on the side of their house. If you watch Fox News and can't spell terrorist as often as it scrolls across the screen, you are truly a dumbass. I guess we know the answer now to the Bush question "Is our children learning?" Not if they watch Fox.
See, here's the deal, "scientists" say that pi (why would the symbol for pi not be available in every font?) is equal to 3.14159265358979. Dopes. Apparently, they used some sort of "measuring devices" to hypothesize the value of pi.
The Bible tells us otherwise in 1 Kings 7:23
7:23 And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
So the bible says that pi is equal to three. Dopes. Apparently, they read some old "book" to hypothesize the value of pi.
Finally, we Pastafarians know that the value of pi is 14. It just is, trust us. You see, every time you perform a "calculation" on your "calculator" or "computer" His Noodly Appendage simply reaches out to change the results to 3.14159265358979. Like the Matrix, some are not yet ready to learn the truth.
All praises be to Flying Spaghetti Monster.
"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."
I don't see it that way. Nuanced isn't a word I would use to describe Robertson. I think it could be more of a cash flow thing. Chavez has oil, and the cost of gas is taking a toll on the little old ladies he fleeces. Robertson can't sell them a ticket to ride on his magic carpet ride to heaven if the gas man gets his hand in their wallet first.
"There's plenty of sharks out there," Keith Klamasz told Australian radio. "The last thing I would be doing is jumping in the water."
Um, who's Keith Klamasz? World renowned shark researcher? Veteran diver? Local stooge calling drive time talk radio? It's unclear.
As Atrios muses, one place a shark isn't going to find anything to eat is Camp Qualls, the anti-Sheehan site across from Camp Casey. Check out the pics in this NRO story.
Here's the weird thing though, I smoke a lot less of them than I did Marlboro Lights even though I'm smoking a lighter blend of tobacco. Jesus, what chemicals do they put in Marlboros.
A lot, and I mean a lot, of liberal relief groups are a sham, as are many on the right. Lonely points out Make Poverty History as an example of one of these groups. I have to admit, I have no idea who these people are or if they do any good. The lesson here is to research any aid group you want to donate to before you drop any coin.
Don't hate back on the haters. I remember a time before discord replaced discourse when the left and the right all went drinking together after work, and the moonbats readers are people I really enjoy pissing off anyway.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Commenter jk pointed out this AP photo. That's Bill Moyer, 73 watching Bush speak at a VFW, the last place Bush can speak without being heckled. This tour is kinda like watching an aging rock band that used to play arenas, but can now only half fill small clubs. Perhaps Whitesnake opened, perhaps Bush opened for Whitesnake.
"I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should 'take him out.' And 'take him out' can be a number of things, including kidnapping; there are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted by the AP [Associated Press], but that happens all the time," Robertson said on "The 700 Club" program.
Only that's not what Robertson said on the 700 Club Monday, he said this:
"If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it," said Robertson on Monday's program. "It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war."
Watch the video here.
I don't know how you can parse what Robertson said in any way but a calling for the US government to assassinate Chavez. Who at CNN is pushing Robertson's misinterpretation story virtually unchallenged? What happened to the good old days when the truth trumped hackery?
Pat Robertson is truly a looney bin fuckwit who says looney bin fuckwit shit all the time, usually without being challenged. This is a good example of what happens when he is. Networks go running to hide.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
This week's record of the week is the debut by the Rakes called Capture/Release. I like the album a lot but this review from Amazon.co.uk made this the record of the week.
"If you can get past the well trodden Cockney regionalist path, and the lack of originality, then this album is a real gem."
Pretty ringing endorsement.
The battle of Normandy killed 53,000+ Allied soldiers. Better find another meme, ASAP. I hope they're wrong.
1. Thou shalt not have alternative energies before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any checks to Falwell, 700 Clubs ain't cheap.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of George Bush thy God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, keep it holy, keep it real, keep it real holy n' shit.
5. Thou shalt fear sharks. Sharks, bitches, sharks.
6. Thou shalt not kill those who don't possess your oil.
7. Thou shalt not committ adultery with one's White House intern, other bitches OK.
8. Thou shalt not steal from the top 2% of wage earners. (U.S. only)
9. Thou shalt fleece old women to fuel a right wing television network.
10. Thou shalt not covet Dear Leader's daughters, either Jenna or Fat Jenna. Well, especially Fat Jenna.
Just thought you might want a look into Robertson's mind.
If you haven't seen the Nancy Grace show, it is a court TV style crapfest where every defendant is guilty until proven innocent, every cop and judge is a fuck-up, every juror who acquits any defendant is scum of the earth, and no stone goes unturned to find any missing white women.
She sits behind a desk, so I'm not sure whether or not she actually wears jackboots.
Monday, August 22, 2005
However, Cindy Sheehan's gone but the camp up here is even bigger. More and more people are coming from around the country. They now have this enormous setup, Camp Casey. Used to be a couple pup tents, now it's this enormous--we call it the Cirque du Soleil tent with eight spikes, catered meals, a Cindy shuttle, a peace shuttle that takes people up and down the mountain. Right now it's PETA, hippies, Naderites. The question is, if it becomes the Little League dads, Pop Warner moms, then the White House has a big problem.
I think that if I was a panelist on that show it would have ended in a fistfight. I'm really pissed off about this, and I'm not really sure why. He's partially right, but he's also painfully wrong. At least they have a solution. Kevin Drum the other day asked for solutions on Iraq from the liberal community, well here are the facts. It's over, we lost, get over it. Given our current leadership, it was never winnable. Right now, it would take about a million and a half troops to pacify the situation in Iraq. Ain't gonna happen, period. So what are the doable choices?
There is really only one. We gotta run and try to make friends with whoever ends up on top. Any other way to go is simply a path to futility that will be paved with the blood of US soldiers.
Blogger oddity: The horrible Blogger spell check suggested that I replace talkies with dialysis.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
For the locals, this is not the friend I always simply refer to as T.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Side note: I still don't understand why the Blogger spellcheck doesn't recognize the word blog.
It's Duke Cunningham, I guess he isn't going to get liquid anytime soon. From the San Diego Union-Tribune:
"Please take notice," the document reads, "that a civil lawsuit is now pending in the United States District Court . . . which involves title to (Cunningham's house)."
The notice goes on to say: "The general object of the lawsuit is to forfeit to the United States the defendant property in that said property constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to a violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 201. . . . "
Title 18, Section 201 pertains to bribery, graft and conflicts of interest.
When it comes to entitled royalty, I'm not sure where in the line of succession to the thrown the Duke of cellblock D falls.
Fuck it, Ill throw the first one. The Ney story that he won $34,000 off a one hundred dollar bet in a London casino doesn't pass the smell test. I can't think of a way that this is statistically possible, and I know a lot about casino gambling. Ney needs to explain this. Especially since he met with Nigel Winfield at the same casino earlier. Winfield, a three time felon, was trying to enlist Ney's help to sell planes to the Middle East.
First of all, I'd like to say that the following is speculation. I can't prove any of this, yet. Why would Winfield look to Ney for help? Because of Ney's relationship with scandal pal Jack Abramoff, who at the time was in the employ of Saleh Abdullah Kamel, chairman of the General Council for Islamic Banks. Kamel was well placed to facilitate the sales Winfield was looking for, and Ney is much, much cheaper than the couple million Abramoff would have charged. I'd really like to see the cage receipts from that casino at the time Ney claims he won the money.
I'm pretty sure Ney's winnings were a straight cash money bribe from Winfield.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
What gets me though is not the fact that he repeatedly passes on races he could win, but that he continually hints that he will run cutting other candidates off at the knees. What a fuckwit. He needs to learn the advise I gave a friend of mine thinking about a judicial run. Don't stick your toe in the water if you don't expect to get your fucking hair wet.
Brown also said he will join the leadership of Ted Strickland's gubernatorial campaign. This is a definite non plus for the Coleman campaign as it signals that DC establishment Dems are moving in line behind Strickland. With the Ohio Dems in DC, so goes Sherrod, so goes the Congressional delegation.
This will seriously hamper Coleman in two ways. First, it will definitely hamper his fund raising ability. Secondly, with the field clear now, Tim Ryan will probably run for Dewine's seat. Having Ryan in that race will help Strickland as well. Coleman is now running an uphill race as the outside candidate.
Just finished watching the trial. Taft looked like the lost child he really is, thought he was pretty close to dropping a tear or two. The plea bargaining agreement left the sentencing completely up to the judge, and Froelich talked about the potential for jail time. Instead, Froelich settled for the maximum fine of $4,000 plus court costs and, are you ready for this, Taft has to make a sincere apology to the people of Ohio and E-mail it to them by the means of every media outlet in Ohio within seven days. Taft has already paid full restitution for the gifts he received.
To answer jk's question in the comments. The reason Taft did not face fifty-two charges is that the deal was in place before the charges were filed. This is pretty common in cases that involve a pattern of criminal activity, usually drug charges. The prosecutor lessens the number of charges for an assured guilty plea.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Interesting note that I didn't know about the Ohio Constitution. This is an impeachable offense even without conviction, although I don't look for that to happen. But, you never know, Taft's approval numbers are similar to Pol Pot's, and it might be a good tactical move for Ohio republicans to chalk the keel with him. That would start the meme that they are sweeping the graft out of Ohio.
Don't buy that if they try to sell it to you. Ohio republicans come around at election time to pat you on the back, then they return to Columbus to stab you in the back.
I'm half way home, I wonder if I win that free lunch bet times four if he is convicted on all counts.
BTW, is this post the blogging equivalent to a lousy clip show in television?
Fish experience fear and pain as others do. There is nothing Christian about dragging one of God's creatures through the water by a hook embedded in the roof of its mouth. There is nothing merciful about laying the victim on the ground to slowly suffocate.Didn't Jesus do the whole fishes and loaves thing? Maybe he is referring to the Bush quote "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully."
The man probably feels he is being compassionate by turning loose his damaged prey. But if he touches the fish with his dry hands before releasing it, he has condemned it to a lingering death by rubbing off its protective layer of mucus. The fish will be attacked by a fungus at the contact site and will rot to death. When Christians decide to treat all of God's children with compassion, including animals he blessed with conscious life, then they will begin to understand his love.
One thing it does show is that we on the left value life, while those on the right only value control over life.
Here in America, that would have been the end of it. In fact, the triggerman would probably get nightly reach arounds from the cable news outlets and the government would spin to the mouth piece print media that de Menezes was actually al-Qaeda's number three man. We catch a lot of number threes.
It's a shame the Guardian doesn't have an American national daily.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Nothing, absolutely nothing. Abramoff did no work and simply diverted the grassroots campaign money to other projects. Abramoff's law firm has agreed to pay back the $1.5 million from this part of the theft.
Keyhole is getting smaller Jack, better start flipping some big names quick.
Sharks!, bitches, sharks!
Monday, August 15, 2005
"Senator Daschle, the Internet is full of pornography and pedophilia, and until that's clean up, I don't think the Senate should be on the Internet."I like Diane Feinstein, and let's face it, there are not a lot of technocrats on the Hill, but this is an incredibly silly statement. I wonder how many other Senators in that caucus thought the same thing, but didn't speak up?
Update: From the comments, very funny.
Yea, I try not to use the internet either. I hear you can get worms and my dog had that one time. It just did not look like fun.
"We have had enough of his nonsense," said Sheik Ahmad Khanjar, leader of the Albu Ali clan, referring to Zarqawi. "We don't accept that a non-Iraqi should try to enforce his control over Iraqis, regardless of their sect -- whether Sunnis, Shiites, Arabs or Kurds.''At least Zarqawi is making some of the same mistakes Bush is making.
This is a promising development. I really think that the only way out of this mess is going to be through progress made through tribal societies. As I've written before, the Iraqi situation somewhat mirrors the 1980's LA gang problems. Think of us as the cops, the Sunni as the Bloods, and the Shia as the Crips. The tribes and clans are the sets and subsets of the Bloods and Crips.
Now the bad news. There is a sniper on the loose in South Baghdad. Depending on who you believe, he has killed anywhere from two to twelve US soldiers and wounded six. From the Guardian:
"He's good," said Specialist Travis Burress, 22, a sniper with the 1-64 battalion based in Camp Rustamiyah. "Every time we dismount I'm sure everyone has got him in the back of their minds. He's a serious threat to us."Soldiers have named the unknown sniper Juba. Hope you guys find him soon. I actually thought there would be a lot more of this, but maybe when you are a hard line dictator, you don't want a lot of well trained snipers out there that could shoot you.
One last thing, does anyone know how this guy came to be known as Juba? Is it an acronym or something, or does it refer to jubbah, which is a long coat worn in the region?
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Way to go Bob! Now your legacy won't simply be as the most inept governor in Ohio's history, but also as the most corrupt.
Since Taft won't resign, the Ghoul should put him under house arrest to prevent him from doing any more damage to the state before next year's election.
The weird thing about this is that most accounts I've read of this story focus on the immoral affair, and not thee illegal statutory rape.
Either way, I don't think we'll be seeing Arnold speaking at any future Republican National Conventions.
This is playing out exactly like I thought it would back in 2003. My main opposition to the Iraq War was that this administration would completely fuck it up. Guess what, they did. I can't wait until Tuesday when Larry Diamond's book comes out that detail the shortcomings of the CPA. I wonder what he will have to say about the Heritage Foundation dipshits that populated the CPA.
This goalpost shifting comes just one week after White House spokesman Trent Duffy said, "Many of the hundreds of families the president has met with know their loved one died for a noble cause and that the best way to honor their sacrifice is to complete the mission." Does not completing the original mission dishonor their ultimate sacrifice? Does it make their cause less noble? Or is that shit just not focus grouping very well these days?
Don't get me wrong, the soldiers that have died in Iraq have died for their country, and that is as noble a cause as there can be, but Bush has dishonored not only the fallen, but those who are still serving by entering into this clusterfuck with no plan whatsoever and doing it for political means.
Ginsters makes a variety of meat / pastry, I guess you would call them food products, that our sold in gas stations and such like the Scotch Egg Bar, the Cornish Roll, or the Pepper Steak Slice.
They all basically are some sort of minced meat, potato, onion, and swede (rutabaga root) wrapped in some sort pastry.
Do Brits actually eat this?
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Friday, August 12, 2005
EASTON FOUNTAIN HOTTIE taking a topless swim. Nice boots—nicer booty. You Mistress Monica, Me your obedient slave. É748091
Abramoff is still facing future charges from his dealings with Indian casinos with substantial jail time from those dealings.
That's a lot of time at the graybar hotel, but Abramoff has two get out of jail free cards. One of the keys that can free him is the key to the closet where all the skeletons are hidden. Who has skeleton hidden in that closet? Tom Delay, Bob Ney, Ralph Reed, Grover Norquist, and Michael Scanlan just to name a few.
Abramoff could probably spring himself by dishing the dirt on those five and probably some others.
The second path to freedom does involve some jail time. Abramoff could keep his mouth shut and hope for a presidential pardon three and a half years from now. Then again, Bush may very well throw him over the boat. Unlike most, I see loyalty to Bush as a one way street. Pretty risky way to go. Abramoff could still use the skeleton key if not pardoned, but who knows if it will still hold any value?
Abramoff walked the walk, will he now talk the talk?
Update: I forgot to include Conrad Burns in the Abramoff dish list. I also read at TPM that Abramoff might have already tried to cut a deal, but it was rejected.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Board member, and ID proponent Kathy Martin had this to say, "I'm ecstatic, this paves the way for us to turn out generation after generation of students with barely enough knowledge to cash their federal farm subsidy checks."
Kansas Senator Sam Brownshirt, I mean Brownback chimed in as well, "This effectively ends the stem cell debate in Kansas. We aren't going to be turning out anybody even remotely smart enough to participate in that kind of research."
In other Board news, math will now be taught with Roman Numerals, and all composition courses will be taught in hieroglyphics.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Also, and again I have to say, I'm not joking. Registration is required to participate in the march, and there is no same day registration. It's unclear whether or not marchers will be impressed into the military.
The march is called the America Supports Your Freedom March, too bad we don't support ours.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
The Post claims that this rejection is tantamount to Iran choosing bombs over jobs. I think the Iranians are trying to get the Europeans to sweeten the pot. After all, if they were going the bomb making route, why would they invite additional IAEA inspectors and install cameras to monitor their activities? That doesn't mean the world community should coddle the Iranians though. The IAEA should refer this matter to the UN Security Council, but the Europeans should continue negotiations. It is unclear whether sanctions could be legally imposed, but carrots always work better when backed up with sticks.
It does show another Bush foreign policy failure, though. When world leaders who should be our friends are standing in front of crowds ranting against us, you gotta wonder what the fuck the administration is thinking. Here is a non Middle East source of oil that we are alienating and oil going for the mid sixties these days.
Also, not looking for a CITGO boycott here in the US, so Chavez, please shut up.
The plant, from the Caucasus Mountains in Asia was imported to the US at the beginning of the last century as a garden plant. I'm sure the locals had a pretty good chuckle as some dumbass packed this stuff off.
Monday, August 08, 2005
The joke was about coming of age and (Bush's lack of) maturity.Wow, talk about reading a lot into something fairly straight forward. I am clearly simply calling Bush a little girl as a way to portray him as weak.
Sheehan, who lost a son in Iraq, is currently holding a vigil outside Bush's Crawford ranch, where our CIC is currently in hiding. I think we can all concede now that when it comes to manliness, Bush is still waiting to get his first period.
Gary Berntsen was the field commander for the CIA's Jawbreaker team in Afghanistan. These are the guys that had OBL pinned down in Tora Bora. He cuts Rumsfeld's throat in an upcoming book that is awaiting clearance from the CIA.
Finally, RIP Peter Jennings. He was one of the few telejournalists that could actually think.
Update: Cindy Sheehan has been told her group will be arrested starting Thursday as a national security threat.
Friday, August 05, 2005
Phelps is a dumbass old man who will find out shortly there is no God so fuck him. What I want to know is who funds this asshole. Going around the country doing this costs some serious coin.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
CANSECO: I took a lot of heat when the book first came out. Nobody believed that it was the truth. But, definitely, if you look at the timing of it all, it seemed like Congress knew this book was coming out. Congress waited to see what the content of the book “Juiced” were to actually take action.Too bad he doesn't know anything about insurgencies.
Once they read the book, they saw that some of the contents actually matched what their investigation had said in the past. Certain FBI individuals have been investigating Major League Baseball for, I think, 10 years now. Congress took action once they saw the combinations matched.
So, riddle me this, what will be the last day CNN puts up a Natalee Holloway missing day ________.
Fill in this blank correctly to win the crappy prize I'm offering. Use the comments to reply.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
The online version of the Cincinnati Enquirer gave this blog a mention yesterday in a tracking the blogs thing about the OH-02 race. Too bad they picked up on such an inconsequential post.
I'm still stunned that Blogger's spell checker doesn't recognize the word blog.
Schmidt won by 3,573 votes with 112,375 votes cast. That puts voter turnout somewhere in the mid twenties. I had thought before the election that a twenty percent turnout was probably the breaking point for Hackett, and I correctly predicted the 52-48 victory for Schmidt. This may turn out to be a plus for the Democratic Party hinging on whether or not a statewide election reform amendment passes in November.
If Paul Hackett had won, even with incumbency on his side, he would have surely lost next year with an expected 45-55% turnout. There are simply too many republicans in this district. If the election reform passes this fall, redistricting will take place in 2007. It’s unlikely the republican party will try to take her out in 2006, so Schmidt will be sitting as a vulnerable candidate in 2008. I’d rather have a weak Schmidt sitting in that seat when redistricting is done rather than some other republican.
Even if election reform doesn’t pass this fall, having a weak Schmidt in office prevents the republican party from using this office as a bench builder. Schmidt is never going to be able to run statewide, and should keep republican up and comers out of this seat for a few terms.
I don’t have a breakdown of voter turnout yet so I don’t know how much vote leakage republicans suffered in this race, but it really doesn’t matter. The conventional wisdom is that this race was much closer than expected due to voter backlash at the corrupt republican party. This should do two things. First, it should make it a little harder for the republicans to fill out their statewide ticket next year with quality candidates. Secondly, it should embolden some of our better candidates to run. I’m talking to you, Sherod Brown. Get off your ass and into the Senate race. If you do, Dewine is toast.
Lastly, let’s take a look at the role of the net roots in this campaign. The blogosphere was in full celebration last night and this morning, and rightly so. We made this election a close race. It does, however; show that the net roots is still in its infancy. This was one special election, and I doubt we could have gotten Hackett this close in a normal general election of which there are 438 next year. We are making great strides though, and we are gathering power. Where do we go from here? Much discussion is needed to decide that.
As for myself, for now I personally believe we should steer clear of D.C. funded races. We should use our efforts to fill in the gaps left by providing money and manpower to races discarded by D.C. Sure, D trip, and the DNC et al will take the plums, but we will pick from the pits to plant the trees that will be the future of the Democratic Party.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
He often wore camouflage fatigues to school board meetings, and once brought a meeting to a halt with a Khrushchev style shoe banging. Whether you hated him or liked him, he did make watching school board meetings fun, and that is virtually impossible.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Hey, ballot initiatives and amendments for everyone! This is going to lead to the clusterfuck that has infected California, where the ballot is full of popular initiatives that are terrible for the state. While these three seem to be solid ideas, though I don't trust the republican led election reform amendment, what will inevitably follow are usually disasters.
Look for unfunded state mandates, and goofy tax reforms to follow. If you're looking for forced state funding for your pet project, put together a flowery sounding state wide initiative today. Oh, and don't bother with providing a way to fund it
This race should have never been this close. OH-02 is around a 64% republican district, but in the primary the two leading republican candidates nuked each other allowing Schmidt to sneak in the backdoor. She is a fairly weak candidate, so we caught a break there. Hackett has also done a great job in this race.
If you want to throw Hackett some coin go here.