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11:25 PM on 04/28/2009
Just one more thing... in the last senatorial election in Kentucky, the state Dems fielded a candidate, against McConnell, who had been an owner of a big health-care company that had been infamous for kicking old, sick people out of nursing homes! Yes, this was the Dem candidate. This rich man funded his own campaign and was, of course, loved by the old-boy-network that lives for expanded gambling in the state (of which part of the procedes would go to their horse farm Taras). You may think it is crazy that a state would be controlled by people who live on plantations, but that is Kentucky outside of Louisville. Just visit Lexington or go to the Rolex at the Horse Park and you can see who rules.

But, right now, it is time for another julep.
ropadopa
Exposing the failed conservative experiment
11:23 PM on 04/28/2009
"I think the danger of that for the country is that there won't automatically be an ability to restrain the excess that is typically associated with big majorities and single-party rule."

If this observation was made just a few years ago, maybe we would not be where we are today. My suspicion however is this is not a display of retrospective intelligent analysis but sour grapes.
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backekuchen
11:22 PM on 04/28/2009
I don't often listen to the conservative talk shows, but today Hugh Hewitt on 660 in Dallas was interviewing a fellow Republican who had written a book on economics. Sorry I can't remember his name, but he made several points that the GOP would do well to listen to.

He said the GOP has no coherent message because they really have no idea what the American people really want. That's because they don't listen well. He used as one example the alternate budget they proposed in the face of the President's. They had presented nothing that American's could buy into. He suggested that they should spend some time with some economists and listen. Until they do that, he said, the GOP will continue to be the minority party.
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ScaryBob
11:19 PM on 04/28/2009
Wow, I don't remember Mitchy Boy bitchin' from 2000 to 2006 when the Rethugs had everything to themselves...
11:17 PM on 04/28/2009
I just want to throw in one more thing. McConnell is vicious. He should never be underestimated. When he started out in politics he was dismissed because he appeared to be chinless, unattractive counterpoint to the liberal, sophisticated, and much loved Harvey Slone of Louisville. McConnell represents the ultimate revenge of souless right-wing nerds... much like Gary Bauer... because they developed a tough hide and an fierce determination to win.
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madHenry
He came; he saw; he bummed everybody out; he left
11:23 PM on 04/28/2009
Harvey Sloane! I got to spend an afternoon "shadowing" him when I was in high school. Whatever happened to him?
11:31 PM on 04/28/2009
I don't know. I first met him when he was the head of the free clinic at Louisville's worst housing project. Wow...was I ever impressed. Then he and his wife held a black-tie fundraiser at the White Castle on Bardstown Rd. He got Louisville thru the tornado of 74. He and his wife had real class. He should have been our Senator, not that chinless one.

I betcha' anything that what drives Mitch, to this day, is that early rivalry with Dr. Slone... from New York.
11:17 PM on 04/28/2009
The concepts of checks and balances was never intended to be applied to political parties.

There is NOTHING unconstitutional about destroying the party system.

President George Washington hated the idea of political parties.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address#Political_factionalism
11:13 PM on 04/28/2009
Checks and balances? It's official--the GOP has given up running on its own merits.
11:12 PM on 04/28/2009
to Mitch and fellow travellers. Stop whining and making silly excuses.

more importantly, remember when the republicans had the majority in the house and senate and the presidency? you were quite content to stiffle, muzzle and otherwise try to ruin America without any real respect for any other points of view.

now the situation is that people understand your policiies and actions are largely foolish and dangerous. however now you complain (loud whining actually) about how unfair your current situation is. in my experience that is the usually the mark of a self-centered, narcissitic child.

no wonder spector left the party he wants to deal with adults who can take responsibility.
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Michigan-Woman
11:25 PM on 04/28/2009
Thank you.

You took the words right out of my mouth.
11:53 PM on 04/28/2009
The repugs got us into two wars at once no less.

Quite an accomplishment.

And who got rich off that?
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ztck5356
When in doubt, Google it.
11:09 PM on 04/28/2009
I thought p!gs were the threat to our country, .......
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chronic
11:25 PM on 04/28/2009
LOL then I guess he was referring to himself and his party.
11:04 PM on 04/28/2009
Look to Kentucky and why McConnell always wins. The Democratic party in Kentucky only exists to elect a governor. They have no real interest in winning in national elections because, for them, the benefits are primarily in state contracts or other areas of favoritism to either the road builders or racing interests. Coal used to be a prime mover but it really has lost alot of its influence. McConnell is from progressive Louisville, which elected a liberal, Democratic Congressman. But his elections are won out in the rest of the state because the Democratic party does not field winning canidates who can speak to the people. They just field retreads from the "old boy network".

The sad thing is that the Kentucky Democratic Party hurts not only the state, but the whole nation and the world.
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madHenry
He came; he saw; he bummed everybody out; he left
11:17 PM on 04/28/2009
Testify!
11:34 PM on 04/28/2009
Funny. You must be from Kentucky. Can you preach, brother?
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chronic
11:26 PM on 04/28/2009
Huh?
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madHenry
He came; he saw; he bummed everybody out; he left
11:30 PM on 04/28/2009
She speaks truth about the way state politics works in Kentucky. Lincoln may have been born there, but having gone to jr. high and high school there, and of course having some continuing interest in the place, it's a weird state politically and socially.
11:02 PM on 04/28/2009
The pendulum swings both ways...that pertains to everything, even the power in Washington!! We have been under what felt to me like the tyrannical rule of greedy white republicans. First, they crucified President Clinton for lying about sex, spent millions of our tax dollars trying to prosecute him, which I would like them to pay back by the way. And then, we had 8 years of Bush, 6 of which there were no checks and balances at all. You had it, you blew it. You may have really blown everything.

Our planet is in peril, and the past 8 years could have been crucial to stop the greenhouse gasses from making us extinct. The war, which has run us into the ground. The economy. The gay hating, abortion hating religious right have worn us all out. Why don't you all go live on some island where you are free to brainwash your masses and live in fear. The rest of us would like peace.
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11:01 PM on 04/28/2009
Dangerous - like holding our executive leaders in limbo? A crisis had to occur for the confirmation of an extremely well qualified, experienced leader like Kathleen Sebelius.
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Tom95134
11:00 PM on 04/28/2009
McConnell is correct that there is a threat to our country but it isn't Specter, it's The Republican Party.
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backekuchen
10:59 PM on 04/28/2009
Last night (Monday) there was a "Kickoff for a 12 City National Tour" in Garland, TX. The theme was "Obama the First 100 Days." It was billed as a "town hall" designed to mobilize the "loyal opposition". Gov. Perry was the moderator and said in an opening statement that he hopes to "preserve our liberties while Washington carves them away one by one."

Three conservative talk show hosts from KSKY (660 AM) were panelists. This morning I listened to Mike Gallagher (one of the panelists). He was upset that the media had paid much attention to this event. He called it a "more thoughtful" action coming out of the "tea parties". While berating President Obama on his handling of a number of issues, he was incensed by the flyover in New York yesterday and its placement on the 3rd page of USA Today. He also complained about Iowa and gay marriage, but never spoke of the swine flu..

The town hall was sponsored by LifeandLiberty.org (Vicki Middleton's website), Dalworth Clean, Mowery Capital Management, and Randall Reed Prestige Ford and attended by about 1500 people who paid $20 to get in.

Vicki Middleton still questions President Obama's citizenship. Another talk show host described Gov. Perry as "kind of the ringleader".

One wonders why more Republicans don't become either Independents or Democrats. Even my sainted grandparents, who were "dyed in the wool" Republicans would jump ship today.

God bless America and "mend thine every flaw."
George in Dallas
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charon
In Dogs We Trust
10:53 PM on 04/28/2009
McConnell was so concerned about America being a one-party system when the Repubes had both the senate and the house as well as the White House! Now he's concerned the nations precious bodily fluids may be endangered!

Meanwhile, an other white guy goes bezerk with a gun (his right, per the Constitution, according to the Repubes) and kills a couple cops before dying himself. McConnell is joining the right-wing demagogues in encouraging these sort of meltdowns by suicidal white male terrorists. Specter's switch was a good move for him and for the country.
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lynettema
Little old lady
11:13 PM on 04/28/2009
It was the goal of Karl Rove and NeoCons to have a permanent Republican majority.