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Ralphy Considering Another Run.

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CNN Political Ticker: Nader considering another White House run

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ralph Nader could be poised for another third party presidential campaign.

The consumer advocate will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. Nader launched his 2004 presidential run on the show.

A spokesman for Nader did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Kevin Zeese, who was Nader's spokesman during the 2004 presidential race, but is no longer working for him, said Friday that Nader has been actively talking to "lots of people on all sorts of levels" about the possibility of making another run.

Zeese said he could only guess what Nader might do, but added:

"Obviously, I don't think ("Meet the Press" host) Tim Russert would have him on for no reason."

Great, just what we need, another egomaniacal campaign from brain damaged Ralph. He does not stand a chance. Nor does he gain any political capital. John Edwards gained political capital from his run. He will have some leverage at the Democratic Convention. What power will Ralph wield? None. This is a waste of his time, and ours.

Stay home Ralphy boy. Your time in the light was never about running for office.

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A Growing Desperation

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Speaking of Bush Legacy: Homelessness

Minnesota Monitor

The percentage of American workers represented by unions rose in 2007, reversing a quarter- century decline in union membership.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 12.1 percent of the workforce was made up of organized labor, up from 12 percent in 2006. While the gain was small, it was notable for being the first gain in union membership since the BLS began tracking it in 1983.

Another legacy that can be laid at Bush's feet; an increase in union membership. I guess despite the lack of media coverage about corporate malfeasance and union busting, the utter contempt that Bush displays for the working man has still shown through and people have seen the complete failure of the elite's corporate fascism.

The Hill

Weldon would be the 22nd GOP incumbent to announce that they will not seek reelection in 2008.
My God, the Republican party is hemorrhaging. George W. Bush really did do a number on his party, didn't he.


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Over the past week or two, several events have occurred that show just how radically the range of acceptable political and media discourse has changed in the past eight years.

First, the New Republic finally got the Minneapolis Historical Society to cut loose its store of old Ron Paul Reports, put them online, and thus verified -- once and for all -- our repeated contention that Ron Paul's benign good-doctor pose was hiding a noxiously hateful and racist past.

Second, Bill Press called Pat Buchanan a white supremacist to his face on national TV. Of course, this isn't news to regular Orcinus readers -- but it is a first for the mainstream media. Press just put it right out there, like it was a stone cold fact -- and Tucker and Pat sat there, and took it as a fact. Even more stunningly: Nobody called him names. He didn't get his mike cut. He wasn't asked to leave. He'll probably even get asked back. Incredible.

Third, both Max Blumenthal and Joe Conason published different but similarly damaging articles on Friday pointing out the long-standing ties between Mike Huckabee and various Reconstructionist leaders. Huck hasn't said publicly that America needs to dump the Constitution and institute biblical law in its place; but it appears that some of the most influential people who do believe this are also some of Huck's very closest friends. As Joe points out, these friendships raise serious questions about his intentions as president that the voting public deserves some straight answers to.

It's tempting to view this simply as an assertive media just doing its job -- until you reflect on the fact that this is the first election in a decade that any of these of events had the remotest chance of occurring.
It is a long post, as they usually are over at Orcinus. But it is a post of hope, change, and an indication that the Extreme Right has finally lost it's false, glossy cover.

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From the Blogger Formally of The Daily Brew.
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The Daily Brew 
Friday, January 4, 2008
The Republican Divorce

It is hard to get inspired by politics when Harry Reid is scheming to figure out a way to excuse the nation’s telephone companies for illegally spying on us. So if you missed Obama’s speech last night, do yourself a favor and watch it.

As pathetic as it is to admit, about the only the thing that can get me to set aside my cynicism and contempt for our elected overlords is the soaring rhetoric of speeches like Obama’s. I know it is stupid, but like Pavlov’s dog, when I hear the voice of the America I believed in during my youth, it gets me every time. My head tells me its an illusion, but my heart rules. I guess I still want to be proud of my country badly enough that when the right notes are played, the chord still strikes.

So I loved Obama’s speech. At the same time, I think it is still too soon to accurately gauge the impact of his historic victory. Time will tell if he can seal the deal. I don’t feel the same way about the Republicans, however. Regardless of who wins the nomination, Mike Huckabee’s win last night is going to rock their world.

Even though Huckabee will likely lose in New Hampshire, by winning last night on the wings of Iowa’s evangelicals, he now has South Carolina in the bag. Ever since Lee Atwater was teaching Karl Rove how to forge government letterhead, the South Carolina primary has been the GOP’s Alamo. Anyone not pre-approved by the money guys was buried in the fever swamps behind the South Carolina firewall.

The pawns in this process are and always have been the most gullible members of the party. But you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. While they might believe that Bennie Hinn can cure cancer, there is a limit to their credulity. Specifically, nobody is going to ever convince these people that they are better off voting for a Mormon (or a New York Mayor in drag) than a Baptist pastor. As a result, Huckabee has set the immovable object of the GOP, of huge bags of cash controlled by their plutocrats, directly in the path of the irresistible force, the foot soldiers of the Christian right.

These two camps got married in the 1980s to form a union of the true believers. Except like so many shotgun weddings, the two sides didn’t really see eye to eye. One side believed in money, or more specifically that the divine right of Kings that decreed that they should always control it. The other side believes in God. Or at least the version of God that hates gays and thinks women are property.

For the past two decades, they’ve stayed together for the three kids of different fathers, abortion, gay marriage and tax cuts. But now Huckabee won’t dance, at least to the plutocrat’s tune, so they are about to get divorced. The money guys know that if they don’t stop Huckabee before South Carolina, there is a good chance they won’t be able to stop him at all. And if Huckabee wins the nomination, the plutocrats could lose control of the GOP.

So Obama should enjoy his moment in the sun, but he ought to pay careful attention to the shitstorm that is about to rain down on Mike Huckabee like the battle of Armageddon. Because if Obama is can sing his song sweetly enough over the next month and a half to win the Democratic nomination, that same storm is fixin’ to rain on his parade next.
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Star Tribune

JACKSON, Miss. — Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, plans to resign his seat before the end of the year, congressional and White House officials said Monday.
What the hell is up with this? Something must be coming out about him. He made it on the DC Madam's list? Seriously, why the sudden announcement unless there is some really bad news coming out about his personal life.
Washington Post

Verizon Communications, the nation's second-largest telecom company, told congressional investigators that it has provided customers' telephone records to federal authorities in emergency cases without court orders hundreds of times since 2005.

The company said it does not determine the requests' legality or necessity because to do so would slow efforts to save lives in criminal investigations.

In an Oct. 12 letter replying to Democratic lawmakers, Verizon offered a rare glimpse into the way telecommunications companies cooperate with government requests for information on U.S. citizens.

Verizon also disclosed that the FBI, using administrative subpoenas, sought information identifying not just a person making a call, but all the people that customer called, as well as the people those people called. Verizon does not keep data on this "two-generation community of interest" for customers, but the request highlights the broad reach of the government's quest for data.

So, we find out that more and more of the telecom corporations have collaborated with BushCo™ and ignored our constitutional rights. You know, I seem to remember a section of the constitution addressing the existence of corporations. Somehow, their ability to ignore our constitutional rights is not a part of that section.

But, I doubt the drunken members of congress are going to do anything about this situation, they being overly intoxicated with the money tossed liberally by corporations.

Oh, and this:

Verizon and AT&T said it was not their role to second-guess the legitimacy of emergency government requests.

Is fucking bullshit. What they hell do you pay all those lawyers for if not to make sure you are not breaking any laws?

Ah, ya, that's right. It's to keep from having to actually suffer any consequences as a result of breaking laws. My bad.

New York Times

With only 15 months left in office, President Bush has left whole agencies of the executive branch to be run largely by acting or interim appointees — jobs that would normally be filled by people whose nominations would have been reviewed and confirmed by the Senate. In many cases, there is no obvious sign of movement at the White House to find permanent nominees, suggesting that many important jobs will not be filled by Senate-confirmed officials for the remainder of the Bush administration. That would effectively circumvent the Senate’s right to review and approve the appointments. It also means that the jobs are filled by people who do not have the clout to make decisions that comes with a permanent appointment endorsed by the Senate, scholars say.
Of course Interim Heads are being used. President Bush couldn't get a single person he'd really like to appoint through congress. For now, he is letting things hang, without any regard for it's impact on the country. He's simply living in his own reality, actively pursuing a mindset of denial, ignoring the truths about the shape of the country, the shape of the world, and responsibility for his hand in creating the mess.

Bush has given up on trying to be the leader of a democratic republic. In fact, he has all together given up on leading.

Thus concludes the reign of the Miserable Failure. All that is left is the rotten corpse.
At long last, our national nightmare is over.

He must have developed an immunity to the kool-aid.

Washington Post

The spectacle Tuesday of 151 House Republicans voting in lock step with the White House against expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was one of the more remarkable sights of the year. Rarely do you see so many politicians putting their careers in jeopardy.


But Bush insists that SCHIP is "an incremental step toward the goal of government-run health care for every American" -- an eventuality he is determined to prevent.

Bush's adamant stand may be peculiar to him, but the willingness of Republican legislators to line up with him is more significant. Bush does not have to face the voters again, but these men and women will be on the ballot in just over a year -- and their Democratic opponents will undoubtedly remind them of their votes.

Two of their smartest colleagues -- Heather Wilson of New Mexico and Ray LaHood of Illinois -- tried to steer House Republicans away from this political self-immolation, but they had minimal success. The combined influence of White House and congressional leadership -- and what I would have to call herd instinct -- prevailed.


In his new book, former Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan wrote that his fellow Republicans deserved to lose their congressional majority in 2006 because they let spending run out of control and turned a blind eye toward misbehavior by their own members. Now, those Republicans have given voters a fresh reason to question their priorities -- or their common sense.


This promised veto is a real poison pill for the GOP.
Okay. Who the hell wrote this, and what did they do with David S. Broder?

Craig Remains in Office, for Now

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ABC News

Though Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, had previously pledged to resign by Sunday, amid allegations he cruised for gay sex in a public bathroom, he now says he will stay in office. "Sen. Larry Craig denies that he went into that restroom for anything other than to go to the restroom," said Craig's attorney Billy Martin, arguing Wednesday that his client's only mistake was pleading guilty to a crime he did not commit in the hopes of making it go away.
The Republicans must be getting ready to pull their hair out. This guy just is not going to leave.

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