NRCC warns donors: McMorris at risk!

As reported yesterday on Daily Kos, the GOP is pulling out all the stops in WA-05, sliming Democratic challenger Peter Goldmark with outrageous lies and dirty tricks. You know, like harassing voters with obscene, automated phone calls, waking people up at all hours of the night, claiming to be coming from the Goldmark campaign. (Would you vote for a candidate who robo-calls you at 2 am? The McMorris campaign didn’t think so.) Local police and the FBI are now investigating.

Why are McMorris and the Republicans resorting to such desperate tactics? Because, well… they’re desperate.

As reported this morning by The Hill, the NRCC just sent to donors its “Final Push List” of the 33 GOP members and candidates “most in need of support right now.” And lookie who’s on it.

In an e-mail to congressional officials, NRCC PAC Director Jenny Sheffield states, “…it’s crucial at this point to send in some late money to some [of] our campaigns. The funds our candidates receive now will allow them to increase their TV buys and will make the difference on Nov. 7.

“I have attached our Final Push list for those Members and candidates most in need of support right now. If your boss has not maxed out to those on the attached list, please ask him or her to consider sending a check from a leadership PAC and/or reelection account … IMMEDIATELY!”

Republicans have also sent the list to lobbyists, seeking donations. The NRCC list (see chart) has many endangered Republicans, including four each from Ohio and New York, and three from Pennsylvania. It also contains some surprises, such as Rep. Cathy McMorris (R-Wash.), whose seat was considered safe earlier this month.

I’m not one to say “I told you so,” but… no wait… I am. I told you so. I’ve been warning the Spokane media for months that one of the biggest stories of the ’06 midterms was developing in their own backyard. Well, welcome to the party guys.

Other at-risk Northwest Republicans on the Final Push List? Well, Dave Reichert in WA-08 and Bill Sali in ID-01 of course. As The Hill points out, it’s gonna be an awfully long election night for House Republicans if they’re so worried about protecting seats in conservative districts in places like Idaho and Eastern WA.

Still don’t believe me that Goldmark can win? Then perhaps you’ll believe McMorris:

In Washington’s 5th Congressional District, where former speaker Thomas S. Foley (D) famously lost in 1994 when Republicans seized control of the House, confirmation of an unexpectedly strong Democratic challenge emerged in recent days from a well-placed source: the Republican incumbent, Rep. Cathy McMorris.

“It’s a closer race than I first imagined,” she told Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho), according to the Spokesman-Review, a newspaper in Spokane. Changing voter attitudes in her conservative, mostly rural district, she said, have been “pretty dramatic.”

McMorris and Craig apparently thought they were speaking privately before the start of a campaign teleconference with veterans. But an operator had connected Spokesman-Review reporter Jim Camden, who was on mute and could not announce his presence.

Craig, who is not up for reelection, told McMorris that she was not alone in feeling Democratic heat. “The new numbers are just devastating,” he reportedly said.

McMorris’s Democratic opponent is Peter Goldmark, a rancher whose surprising strength has attracted the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which last week began spending $323,000 on television ads opposing McMorris.

That said, Republicans are sinking millions of dollars into Washington state in a last ditch effort to save McMorris and Reichert’s asses, and we can’t let Peter and Darcy become victims of their own success. This is the final push, and if we want to win we need to stay competitive dollar for dollar.

299 of my readers have now contributed $22,969.38 via HA’s Act Blue page, but we need to do more. If you care about the future direction of our nation, please give whatever you can to Darcy and Peter so that they can afford to get their message out to voters and respond to their opponents’ lies. And if you’ve already given all you can, then please personally plead with your friends and family to give whatever they can afford.

We’ve got the issues. We’ve got the candidates. We’ve got the wave. The rest is up to you.

Comments

  1. 1

    Anonymous spews:

    Darcy LIES too, duh!

    Tired Old Trust Fund Bunk
    Democratic ads attack Republicans for voting to “raid the Social Security Trust Fund.” That’s nonsense.

    October 25, 2006

    Summary

    Democrats get no points for originality on this one, and demerits for lack of honesty. In half a dozen ads they accuse a number of GOP House incumbents of voting repeatedly to “raid the Social Security Trust Fund.”

  2. 2

    Leftout(of their minds!) spews:

    Just saw a show on the National Geographic Channel that chronicles how brilliantly the Clinton Administration handled WACO.
    1) Had an Agent inside who told them to abort the original effort as Koresh was alerted. They ignored him.
    2) Negotiators were making progress…FBI head Sessions ignored this and LIED to Reno about things going on inside the compound.
    The list goes on & on.
    Very interesting.

  3. 4

    americafirst spews:

    Source: James Carville, “Had Enough?” (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003), pp. 41-43.
    Commentby Roger Rabbit— 10/25/06@ 8:46 pm
    ================================================
    Just bullshit talking points. Libs whining about listening to foreign phonecalls and the patriot act shows lib true colors. Libs would be a disaster if they took over, just the ACLU party line on terrorism; the Constitution is a suicide pact.

  4. 5

    Mr Ed spews:

    no ure in reading any post from ‘the WELSHER’, everyone here knows his low IQ is a normal wingnut disease. Just like kkklake and cynnicalIDIOT before him, all posts should be tbken with a grain of LSD. Then thex mhght mbke a little sense.

  5. 6

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    I sure hope the republican majority in the senate holds hearings to find out why liarfucking cantwell gave taxpayer money to her fuck buddy. I’d sure like to know…

  6. 7

    spews:

    Maybe Rush should explain on his show what he was going to do in the Sex Slave emporiun in the Dominican Republic. Did he have a few “dates” with teenage prostitutes set up? Ol Rush got some splainin’ to do, as Ricky Recardo would say.

    I also wonder how long the Sargent Schultz defense will hold up for Hastert.

    Liberal Bias in the media. I haven’t seen one news program listing how many people testified they told Hastert, or his staff FOLEY WAS HITTING ON PAGES!!!!

    Oh by the way. Why did we invade Iraq righties? Bush has given us many reasons, and they have all been proven to be lies.

  7. 8

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    Speaking of unemployment… it’s at the lowest rate it’s ever been due to President Bush’s understanding of the economy and what makes it work.

    Dang, you can’t campaign against that either…. um… can you?

  8. 9

    proud leftist spews:

    53 and 58
    Sorry to disagree with you fine fellows, but I just fail to see that capital punishment in any instance ever makes us a better people. Call me an unrestricted old idealist, but I guess I still believe that killing begets killing.

  9. 10

    klake spews:

    The Administration won’t let more than nine reporter in…………. Democrats won’t let any good news out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Concern is growing about the dwindling number of embedded journalists reporting from Iraq. An AP report published in The Chicago Sun Times has input from two veteran war correspondents, Sig Christensen who writes for the San Antonio Express-News (and is President of Military Reporters and Editors) and Tony Castaneda, who’s work has been spotlighted

    http://www.michaelyon-online.com/

  10. 11

    Daddy Love spews:

    46 Where do I send the love?

    Me, I’m pulling out all the stops for Darcy Burner in WA-08 where I live, and I am asking you to donate as well. Darcy Burner’s polling within spitting distance of Dave Reichert (down two points with a 3+ point margin of error) and the GOP is dumping money in on Reichert’s behalf. As Goldy said, Reichert’s on the NRCC “Final Push List” which means (a) he’s vulnerable, and (b) they are shoring him up BIG time. Send Sheriff Dave home and tell your kids you did.

    http://actblue.com/page/horsesass?refcode=OctDrive

  11. 12

    Facts Support My Positions spews:

    When the hell was inflation 18%???????????

    Commentby sgmmac— 10/25/06@ 2:13 pm

    Hi sgt.

    The cost of health care has risen around 15% yearly for some time……

    VA = Health care. I also don’t know over how many years the 18% is for, or if it even considers all the new vets coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with their arms and legs blown off, much less psychological problems that took 8 months to see a shrink about a while ago….

    When it comes to what Republicans claim, always think worst case scenario. They never tell the truth. You should know that. You weren’t born yesterday right?????

    Not that Democrats are perfect, but compared to the criminals running our country now, Democrats are GODS!!!!

  12. 13

    K spews:

    @103

    So Cantwell gave or loaned money TO someone who years ago who later became a lobbiest. DO you have a similar level of concern for all the Republicans who take money FROM lobbiests now?

  13. 14

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    Did she get her military policy experience when she was a member of her homeowner’s association?

  14. 15

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    whatsamatter left foot… too hard to answer my questions? You don’t have the intellectual horsepower to take me on?

    Thought so…

  15. 16

    Facts Support My Positions spews:

    Here is one I saw the other day.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/10/24/151337/66

    Both Cantwell, and Murray got as high of ranking as anyone in the congress. This one is just for senators.

    I remember during the debate Reichert said they raised funding for the VA 18%. What is that a keep up with inflation increase? We have thousands of vets coming home needing help, and 18% doesn’t even keep us with inflation.

    Reichert’s words, not mine…. 18% He should be ashamed of himself, but of course he has no shame. He is a Republican.

  16. 17

    eponymous coward spews:

    Pretty weak beer, leftout- esepcially since uSP and Stefan already got a shot at the records. I’m pretty sure anything incredibly damaging would have shown up already.

  17. 19

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    Can someone explain Burner’s doctrine of military strategy? And her qualifications to comment on what Bush is doing? She sorta licks around the edges of doing something different but doesn’t quite explain what she’d do.

    Empty skirt. Typical fucking moonbat librul…

  18. 20

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    “I’m going to speak for the salmon because they can’t speak for themselves”.

    Patty “No Rocket Scientist” Murray

  19. 22

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    39

    Only 18% — with 10’s of 1000’s of maimed Iraq veterans returning home, and 100’s of 1000’s of Vietnam veterans advancing into old age?

    The Bush administration did, in fact, tighten eligibility requirements for VA medical care for low-income veterans. I was one of the victims. My pension income is about $500 a year too high to qualify. I would have been eligible under the pre-Bush rule.

    ” … let us … care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” — Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address

  20. 23

    Facts Support My Positions spews:

    Of course the Republicans have to smear, lie, decieve, and smear some more. Every fact shows their incompetence, dishonesty, criminal behavior, and disregard for our troops at ALL LEVELS!!!

    If the election was about facts, and actions, the Republicans record would be so horrible, Reichert’s wife wouldn’t vote for him…..

    The wingnuts have to do all they can making smoke to distract us from the damage they have done to our nation. Iraq, Afghanistan falling apart, national debt exploding, jobs outsourced, real wages falling, global warming ignored, and on, and on, and on.

    “Look over there, look over there, whatever you do, don’t look at what we have done” is their strategy.

    What Republicans have done makes real americans want to puke.

  21. 24

    Where do I send the love? spews:

    hey HA Blue Team:

    Today as I rode my 60mpg ride home, I promised myself I’d give $25 to a (D) House Rep candidate who looked like they had a shot at winning, for every SUV I saw sporting a W sticker. I figured the $25 was probably half the difference between what I pay per fillup and what the W-sticker-sporting SUV drivers pay. I saw two SUVs with W stickers. Now I’ve given to WA-05’s challenger. I don’t know what the polls are predicting for WA-04, and I’m wondering if it’s still a worthwhile endeavour to send some love WA-08 way. Where do I go for the very latest polls for Federal House races in Washington State Legislative districts?

    If you had $25 to contribute, where’d it go: 05, 04, or 08? Never mind this page or this page.

  22. 26

    The Socialist spews:

    62#

    I agree with you we should not be killing people.

    We should join the rest of the civilized world and ban executing people.

  23. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    88

    “Good thinking for a lib. Your might be off the glue; if you kick the koolaid you might realize that the lib approach to crime in general is weak. Perhaps you’ll come around and support three-strikes.” Commentby americafirst— 10/25/06@ 7:16 pm

    Weak? I’ll tell you what’s weak — thinking you can have cops and prisons without taxes. Defunding government services. Not funding homeland security — now that’s weak! Here’s the GOP’s pathetic record on homeland security:

    Nov. 14, 2001: Senate Democrats propose $15 billion for homeland security; the White House warns against “permanent spending on other projects that have nothing to do with stimulus and that will only expand the size of government.”

    Dec. 4, 2001: Senate Appropriations Committee votes 29-0 in favor of $13.1 billion for homeland security; the next day, Bush threatens to veto it.

    Dec. 6, 2001: Senate Republicans reduce homeland security funding by $4.6 billion.

    Dec. 19, 2001: Under pressure from White House, House-Senate conferees eliminate another $200 million of funding for airport security, port security, nuclear facility security, and postal security.

    June 7, 2002: Senate votes 71-22 for $8.3 billion of homeland security funding; the next day, Bush’s advisors recommend a veto.

    July 19, 2002: Under White House pressure, homeland security funding is further reduced by cutting money for food security, cyber security, nuclear security, airport security, port security, drinking water security, coordination of police and fire radios, and lab testing to detect chem-bio weapons.

    Aug. 13, 2002: Bush decides not to spend $2.5 billion appropriated for homeland security on the grounds of “fiscal responsibility.”

    Jan. 16, 2003: White House reacts to Democratic efforts to increase homeland security funding by stating, “The Administration strongly opposes amendments to add new extraneous spending.” Later that day, Senate Republicans vote against funds for smallpox vaccine.

    Jan. 23, 2003: Senate Republicans cut security funding for the FBI, FEMA, INS, TSA, Coast Guard, and National Nuclear Security Administration.

    Feb. 3, 2003: Bush submits a 2004 budget cutting homeland security funding by nearly 2 percent.

    Feb. 14, 2003: Senate Democrats request money for smallpox vaccine, police and fire radios, and public transportation security; no Republicans support it.

    March 21-25, 2003: Republicans defeat 7 amendments to bolster homeland security.

    April 2, 2003: Senate Republicans reject Democratic amendment to provide $1 billion for port security.

    April 3, 2003: Republicans reject protection of commercial airliners from shoulder-fired missiles and four other pro-homeland security amendments.

    June 2003: House Republicans reject Democratic proposal to raise $1 billion for homeland security by reducing tax cuts for 200,000 millionaires by an average of $5,000 each (from $88,000 to $83,000).

    Source: James Carville, “Had Enough?” (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003), pp. 41-43.

  24. 28

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    44

    You’d better believe the rising cost of medical care affects the VA budget — but the number of veterans receiving VA health services impacts it even more. In case you haven’t heard, the U.S. is involved in a major war, and over 15,000 soldiers have returned home from that war with serious injuries. Tens of thousands more with service-connected illnesses and health problems will qualify for VA care. And the budget for treating veterans has gone up only 18%? Pikers. Cheapskates. Tightwads. Shame on Republicans.

  25. 29

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Get your bumper stickers while supplies last!

    “McGavick – He’s the problem, not the solution”

  26. 30

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    34

    Even though the words of the Constitution don’t change, the law evolves as society changes. It has to, or the law would become irrelevant. Wingnut literalists want to freeze the meaning of the Constitution’s words in 1796! That’s because they like the economic system that existed then — a few people owned big plantations (and didn’t work), and labor was cheap (slavery was legal). The cheap labor conservatives want to turn the clock back to 1800 (the year before John Marshall wrote Marbury v. Madison).

  27. 31

    Daddy Love spews:

    19 Leftout

    this guy is a Federal Lobbyist. And his “clients” apparently made contributions laundered thru his Lobbying Firm. It’s something that should be looked into…

    Yes, it should be looked into, like all potential violations fo campaign finance laws. Should the judge consider that in any way in his decision to seal or unseal? No.

  28. 32

    The Socialist spews:

    I wonder has anything good ever happened from Christian involvement in something. They seam to leave a trail of death and destruction were ever they show up.

  29. 33

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    42

    Pull your head out of your ass, Mac! Medical inflation has been in double digits for years. Maybe you’re not aware of it because you were insulated from this reality while on active duty, and as a military retiree you get medical coverage not available to the rest of us. At the rate medical inflation is raging, no one in the middle class will be able to afford health care within a few years.

  30. 34

    The Socialist spews:

    I personally think it is much more horrific to have to spend the rest of your life behind bars.

    If I had the chose between life be hind bars and being killed I would probably chose death because the thought life behind bar is much more horrible .

    But government that tell people that they shouldn’t murder others should not be involved in state sanction murder.

    It is just like America is suppose to be better then the terrest that is why we should not be involved in torturing prisoners like our enemy do because supposedly we are better then that .

    Even though it may be more satisfying to torture them .

    That is why in ww2 the germans surrendered to the american in droves because they believed that we would not hurt them and they would treat them fairly. Were as on the Russian front they fought to the death most times .

    It is kind of like the school killing that just happened to the Amish . It was very very much more powerful and honorable for them to forgive there killer.. They did not lower them selves to the brute level of the killer they forgave him that was very powerful .

    That is what not killing people would do for us we should not lower our selves to the level of the killer for some level of satisfaction we might get from doing so.

    America Should be better then that. But I guess we are not.

  31. 36

    sparky spews:

    I see that the ex-wife of the lobbyist who is a friend of Maria Cantwell is claiming that he is trying to hide “activities” that “might” be “illegal”….

    I wonder if she got a middle of the night call from the RNCC asking for a little mojo…

  32. 39

    The Socialist spews:

    actuily he probibly will becoase troll’s feed on our responding to them.

    I enjoy a little smack mouth that is why I do it.

    I shouldn’t do it but I can’t help my self some times

  33. 41

    Don Joe spews:

    Mark. Unemployment. Ratios. Fractions. Go back and do your homework. Then we’ll answer your questions.

    Oh, and pay up on your bet, you fucking welcher.

  34. 42

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Florida executed the “Gainesville Ripper” this afternoon. A guy who pleaded guilty of brutally murdering 5 college students (and was suspected of a triple slaying in another state). Like many bleeding-heart liberals, I’m against the death penalty — for innocent people! As for scum like this guy … good riddance, don’t let the door to Hell hit your ass on the way out of this world.

  35. 43

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    27

    By all means the judge should look into whether Sen. Cantwell committed bribery, influence peddling, steering federal contracts to contributors, etc. Let’s have a thorough investigation! If Cantwell’s guilty, punish her. And if she’s exonerated let that be the end of it, and let us never hear from wingnuts again on that subject. But you KNOW that won’t happen. Guilt or innocence is irrelevant to those lying assholes! When truth is against them, they’re more than willing to resort to smears, fabrications, innuendo — and, of course, the shopworn old rightwing game of guilt-by-association.

  36. 45

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    89

    “Speaking of unemployment… it’s at the lowest rate it’s ever been” Commentby Mark The Redneck KENNEDY— 10/25/06@ 7:19 pm

    Aren’t you the guy who bet $100 that I-912 would win by 15 points?

    HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR

  37. 46

    ArtFart spews:

    53 I’m with you there, Roger, but ONLY in that sort of case. Every so often there’s an individual who’s so dangerous that imprisonment isn’t adequate protection for the rest of society–we won’t be safe as long is he or she continues to draw breath. In such an instance, usually there’s also such a giant body of evidence that there’s not much chance of frying the wrong guy. The possibility of that in most cases is one of my two objections to the death penalty.

    My other problem is illustrated when people who advocate it talk about “closure”, or “society’s revenge”, or someone being “made to pay”…and is further proven out by the fools dancing with joy outside the prison gates when some serial killer or other such monster is executed.

    The death penalty doesn’t make the crime go away. It just results in one more dead person. Anyone who finds joy in that must admit to at least a trace of their own corruption.

  38. 48

    Don Joe spews:

    Mr Ed. About the only thing our long-necked friend has going for himself is that he can actually remember the wingnut talking points without having to go look them up. Mike Webb Sucks, klake and that other schmuck who pretends he was once in the Navy can’t even remember the talking points in the various wingnut editorials, let alone have the intelligence to figure out what’s wrong with the arguments. That’s why you see them consistently resorting to the copy-and-paste method of debate. Clearly, these clowns flunked forensics.

    Oh, and who was that other clown whose most strident complaint about my advocacy was the fact that I used too many big words? I forget. No doubt, however, he’s scratching his head over my use of the word “forensics” in the paragraph above. Reminds me of that line from American President, “He’s got the whole White House press corps asking each other how to spell erudite!”

    Just for grins, name the character and the actor who delivered that line. (Hey, who says I can’t stay on topic?)

  39. 49

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    25

    See #24 … it turns out that FactCheck.org, a web site I used to respect and have used myself in the past, is blowing smoke out of its ass.

  40. 50

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Pretending to be their opponent’s campaign … making obscene calls … calling people at 2 AM … that sounds like a party that can’t win by discussing issues.

    I wonder why Stefan, self-appointed guardian of clean elections, isn’t all over this? Maybe because he’s nothing but a partisan hack?

  41. 51

    The Socialist spews:

    67.

    Actually Hitler would be the one I would wish never existed.

    All Eichmann did was make the trains run on time. And support the party

    Bye executing Mr. Eichman the jew lowered them selves down to the level of the killers of the holocaust.

    I think it would have been more honorable to keep him in jail for the rest of his life.

    I don’t know I just believe in what Gonde sead : An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind :

  42. 53

    Anonymous spews:

    Anonymous – how much does it pay to cut and paste right-wing lies? Commentby For the Clueless— 10/25/06@ 1:02 pm

    JUST ABOUT THE VERY SAME AMOUNT IT PAYS TO CUT AND PASTE LEFT WING LIES, KOOLAID, TALKING POINTS AND MARCHING ORDERS FROM KOMMY KOZ AND FUHRER SOROS.

    If I know lefty political whores not much at all. But you lefty political whores have always been so easy to buy off cheap.

  43. 55

    Daddy Love spews:

    28 RR

    Well, I used to think the same thing about “Spinsanity” while it was going. I think they’re dong what they think they ought to, which is go into the discussions of the ins and outs of the federal legislative process to poiunt out to anyone who is interested that there’s more to any claim of this kind than meets the eye. The problem is, partisans on both sides (I linked to two factcheck.org articles in my John Kerry post) take their overall conclusion (“Person X’s ad was ‘misleading’ “) and use it as a club to claim the other side is “lying” about their favorite candidate.

    I think you agree with my conclusion: When they stop lying about our candidates, we’ll stop telling the truth about theirs!

    (thanks to Harry Truman)

  44. 56

    For the Clueless spews:

    Anonymous – how much does it pay to cut and paste right-wing lies?

    If I know wingnuts not much at all. But you wingnuts have always been so easy to buy off cheap.

  45. 57

    headless lucy spews:

    ” I have never said That I will ‘stay the couse’ and , what’s more, I will never say it again!!” GWB

  46. 60

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    BTW, it’s time to remind our wingnut guests of the HA posting rules.

    1. This is a liberal blog.
    2. Anyone can post here.
    3. There is no censorship.
    4. As liberals, our job is to verbally kick the living shit out of you unpatriotic, America-hating, fascist fucks!
    5. No mercy for wingnuts.
    6. Our terms are unconditional surrender.
    7. Tribunals will be convened.

    Any questions?

  47. 61

    sgmmac spews:

    Roger,

    This is what I was responding to…..

    “I remember during the debate Reichert said they raised funding for the VA 18%. What is that a keep up with inflation increase? We have thousands of vets coming home needing help, and 18% doesn’t even keep us with inflation.”

    I wasn’t trying to be obtuse. I have been shielded from paying while on active duty, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t know what health care costs.

    Inflation has never been 18%. There has been double digit increases in what PEOPLE pay for their health care insurance, but that doesn’t mean that the VA’s costs have increased at the same level.

    Almost all health care insurance companies are FOR PROFIT organizations. VA hospitals do not have the same costs as normal hospitals. There also has been a steady decline in their patients as WWII veterans die.

    A story ran in our newspaper here, the Olympian, about a man dying in the parking lot of the VA hospital in the Spokane region. The hospital called 911 for him and everyone was in an uproar over it. The VA hospital had recently started closing at 4:30 pm every day, because they only had a few patients ever come in at night.

    I can use the VA hospital for my service connected disabilities, but for everything else wrong with me, I have to use TRICARE (Madigan).

  48. 63

    klake spews:

    Folks these are Friends of the Socialist Democrats who are about to be tried in a Military Court and not a Civilian Court. Now they think they will not receive a fair trial like the victims in New York and elsewhere in the world.
    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Wo.....38-ap.html
    Brig.-Gen. Ed Leacock, deputy commander of detention operations at Guantanamo Bay, said officials are gathering evidence for the hearings now. Officials have also identified individuals who could work with the men as their representatives during the hearings, but no appointments have been made yet.
    It was not clear Wednesday whether any of the 14 men have been questioned by the military interrogators. The hearings – officially called Combatant Status Review Tribunals – for the 14 men would determine whether or not they are enemy combatants, and therefore subject to a military trial.
    The 14 men include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who allegedly planned the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, as well as the alleged architect of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the alleged plotter of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
    They had been held in CIA custody at secret locations, and were transferred several weeks ago to the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in southeastern Cuba.
    Military leaders, who took a few reporters on a tour of the detention centre Wednesday, said the 14 high-profile detainees have not created any problems for the guards. And they said other detainees know the men are there, but have had little reaction to that.

  49. 64

    eponymous coward spews:

    By all means the judge should look into whether Sen. Cantwell committed bribery, influence peddling, steering federal contracts to contributors, etc.

    Um, what? All that judge needs to do is figure out what does and doesn’t need to be unsealed in Ms. Douglas’s and Mr. Dotzauer’s divorce records.

    It’d be the Senate Ethics committee that would determine if she broke any ethics rules by loaning Dotzauer money while his firm was lobbying in DC.

  50. 65

    spews:

    Hi Klake. You should have heard the former Iraqi governor on Al Franken’s show explaining the 2 reasons why our troop presence only makes things worse in Iraq. As long as we are backing up the Shia, they don’t have to negotiate a solution with the Sunnis, thus the violence continues. Our presence is also a recruiting tool for the Sunnis (insurgents) and if we weren’t there, they would have to convince Iraqis to attack Iraqis, and that would be far more difficult.

    A very eye opening interview.

    Straight from the mouth of someone who knows.

    60% of the Iraqis support attacking our troops. Get it?

    If all you listen to is right wing talkie liars, you may never get a grip on any form of reality, other than Kool-Aid world.

    Buy a copy of Iraq For Sale, watch it, and see where all those tax dollars you Republicans worship more than God go…..

    According to what Howard Dean said today, Bush’s tax cuts (actually deferrments because we have a deficit) save the average family $38.

    The differnece between Air America, and the righties, is the left does not have to lie to make their points. Just taling about the crimes, lies, and corruption of the Bush Crime Family, and their partners is enough to do a billion radio shows.

    Don’t you get sick of covering for, and supporting people that lie repeatedly?

    WMD’s? Al Queda ties? Nuclear program? No wiretapping without a warrant? No torture? No secret prisons? Lie, lie, lie, lie, and on, and on.

    I just heard O’Riley say today on the radio there was no way the Taliban could take over Afghanistan. I guess he doesn’t read THE NEWS!!! These rightie liars are disgusting. How about Rush trashing Michael Fox for faking his shaking when he wants to find a cure for people with his disease.

    The word Republican makes truth loving Americans want to puke.

  51. 66

    Daddy Love spews:

    15-16 Anon

    So what? When the Republicans stop running attack ads on Democrats blowing up minor votes on obscure amendments into major issues, and selectively ignoring a candfidate’s broader support on an issue, Denmocrats will too.

    Remember the good old days? “John Kerry has repeatedly opposed weapons vital to winning the War on Terror: Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Patriot Missiles, B-2 Stealth Bombers, F-18 Fighter Jets and more. Kerry even voted against body armor for our troops on the front line of the War on Terror.”

    Turns out that’s not quite right.

  52. 67

    Daddy Love spews:

    32 RR

    Totally. And there is no requirement for other states to accept it (thanks to the DoMA).

    But this is, I think, a taste of the Thurgood Marshall method: to make case law a step at a time until enough strong cases are citable at the Supreme Court level as supporting an equal protection argument.

  53. 68

    MtRainier spews:

    the wingnuts are buying all of the depends in this state. The GWB (gigantic wave of BLUE) is ready to chase them bacl into their caves for the next 20 years.

  54. 69

    Anonymous spews:

    Reichert deserves re-election in 8th

    “It’s easy to compare the two candidates in the 8th Congressional District:

    “Darcy Burner has not been involved in the community in any substantive way, has no public service record, parrots a partisan party line and was so apathetic about civic responsibility that she didn’t vote in elections in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.”

    “Dave Reichert has a long and impressive history of public service, a record of independent thought, deep roots in the community.”

    “Smart voters in the 8th Congressional District should return U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert to Congress.”

    well duh, only dopes support darcy! there’s an accurate slogan for the neophyte nincompoop: DOPES FOR DARCY!

  55. 71

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    33

    “I think you agree with my conclusion: When they stop lying about our candidates, we’ll stop telling the truth about theirs!
    (thanks to Harry Truman)” Commentby Daddy Love— 10/25/06@ 1:39 pm

    Nope, I don’t agree with you or Harry on that one. Even if they stop lying about our candidates, I’ll continue telling the truth about theirs!!

  56. 72

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The problem with FactCheck.org is they take things too literally. They expect news reports or political ads to be written with the precision of a scientific paper or engineering analysis. In mass communications, conveying an accurate sense of what happened is important, and the kind of trivia and hair-splitting that FactCheck.org gets bogged down in doesn’t add value. The Democratic ads all have factual basis; the Republicans did vote against the interests of our soldiers, reservists, and guardsmen in each of those cases.

  57. 73

    Hillary_loser@wh.gov spews:

    The Columbian in Vancouver is doing a long article on Cantwell and her lover/lobbyist / sealed divorce on Thursday.

    Finally.

  58. 74

    Anonymous spews:

    Nice parroting, Monkey.

    Let’s try FACTS:

    Hurting the Troops?
    Democrats attack GOP incumbents for voting against funding troops. Some ads are wrong, others lack context.

    October 23, 2006
    Modified: October 23, 2006

    Summary

    Well over a dozen Democratic ads claim incumbent GOP lawmakers voted against benefits and funding for the nation’s military.The Republicans are accused variously of opposing a $1,500 bonus, expanded health care, trauma care, and job assistance for troops. Some of the ads are false. The rest are true, but don’t tell the whole story.

    Analysis

    The claims below are taken from 18 political ads that appeared in 14 districts across the country between Sept. 29 and Oct. 19. All of the ads are from Democratic candidates or groups. Some are misleading or false, and those that are true paint only part of a larger picture. Voters might get a different impression once informed of other relevant facts.

  59. 75

    Daddy Love spews:

    HELD: “Denying committed same-sex couples the financial and social benefits and privileges given to their married heterosexual counterparts bears no substantial relationship to a legitimate governmental purpose. The Court holds that under the equal protection guarantee of Article I, Paragraph 1 of the New Jersey Constitution, committed same sex couples must be afforded on equal terms the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples under the civil marriage statutes. The name to be given to the statutory scheme that provides full rights and benefits to samesex couples, whether marriage or some other term, is a matter left to the democratic process.”

  60. 76

    Facts Support My Positions spews:

    Facts @ #42

    So you are saying that VA Healthcare has risen 18% since WWII.
    Since you admit you couldn’t pin-point the beginning to end of the whole numbers to arrive at your 18%, so I figured we would just use 60+ years, seems close enough considering VA Healthcare hasn’t much Affect on INFLATION in the first frigging place.

    Wow. I don’t see the connection between INFLATION and VA Healthcare.

    Commentby Country Gal— 10/25/06@ 3:00 pm

    Reichert spewed the 18% increase for the VA during his debate with Darcy. At best it was a 1 year increase. When it comes to Republicans I doubt it was a 1 year increase of 18%. Even if it was, I heard the VA needed 5 BILLION in emergency aid at the time of the 1 Billion dollar emergency appropriation last year. This since they left any VA increases out of the budget they approved, and Patty Murray tore them new assholes.

    Way to go Patti. I will never forget your press conference when you called them out and embarassed them on national TV.

    Having Republicans in charge of taking care of our troops is like having Nazis take care of jews….

  61. 78

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    104

    I thought you Repubs didn’t negotiate with criminals — you want to just send in the shoot-em-up boys. So how come it doesn’t work that way when Democrats run things? Fucking hypocrite.

  62. 79

    ArtFart spews:

    I’ve really enjoyed voting in person at our polling place. It’s a middle-school auditorium, and since they started using fill-in-the-ovals ballots, many people have chosen to sit down in the auditorium seats instead of standing at those little “boothlets”. Often you’ll see a husband and wife sitting together with their ballots and the voter’s pamphlet, going through everything one last time and making sure they’ve got it right. Often the PTA would raise a few extra bucks by selling coffee and pastries to the voters. Really nice, mellow social atmosphere. As we adopt the dreaded Diebold touch-screen machines, I suppose that’s all going to become a thing of the past. After this year, we’ll probably sign up for permanent absentee ballots, even if the county doesn’t go to all-mail voting.

  63. 80

    rhp6033 spews:

    MTR: “How the fuck do you campaign against prosperity, peace and longevity. ”

    MTR continues to provide more laughs a minute than Comedy Central.

    “Prosperity” = a DJIA which took six years to recover the ground it held until Bush took office. The other stock indices are still in the hole. I haven’t checked, but this may be a record for the longest-term decline in the stock market. Reminds me of the alchoholic who wanted to get a reward for quiting drinking, but the only reason he quit was because he ran out of booze.

    “Peace” = We were only at peace for eight months of the last six years of the Bush administration.

    “Longevity” = The U.S. life span is actually falling father behind many other countries, and we are less healthy than many other industrialized nations although we spend twice as much on health care as any other nation.

  64. 81

    Country Gal spews:

    Facts @ #42

    So you are saying that VA Healthcare has risen 18% since WWII.
    Since you admit you couldn’t pin-point the beginning to end of the whole numbers to arrive at your 18%, so I figured we would just use 60+ years, seems close enough considering VA Healthcare hasn’t much Affect on INFLATION in the first frigging place.

    Wow. I don’t see the connection between INFLATION and VA Healthcare.

  65. 83

    Facts Support My Positions spews:

    Yes redneck the economy is doing quite well if you are in the top 1% bracket. And unemployment is acceptable, unless you count the people that are underemployed (engineers working at McDonalds) or the people that have given up looking for work.

    Real wages have declined when adjusted for inflation.

    Just because the top 1% is raking in big time gains, doesn’t mean the rest of us are.

    And Burner’s turds have more brains than Rubber Stamp Reichert. I guess you didn’t watch the debate. You know the one where Darcy kicked his stuttering, idiot ass all the way back to the green river.

    Reichert is an embarassment. My dog would make a better congressman. At least my dog wouldn’t comment on vote counting, and voting against the party when the leadership lets him….

    Republican = Retarded Traitor

    Oh by the way, where are the WMD’s? The Nukes? The ties to Al Queda?

    Your fearless leader Fuhrer Chimpy gets caught lying on a daily basis, and you still lick his boots like he is the real deal.

    16 different spy agencies said we are only creating more terrorists.

    Spin that! Freaks.

  66. 84

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    Got a piece of shit in the mail today from that piece of shit Burner. Wow, not only would she be a bad rep, but she’s no genius when it comes to campaigning either.

    She declares that we’ve lost the war and it’s time to cut and run.

    On the other side, she somehow thinks that Reichert’s trust in the Commander in Chief is a bad thing. WTF?

    Of course, she offers no substance. Because she has none. She’s just an empty fucking skirt just like mcdermott and murray and liarfuckingcantwell.

  67. 85

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    2

    “well duh, only dopes support darcy! there’s an accurate slogan for the neophyte nincompoop: DOPES FOR DARCY!” Commentby Anonymous— 10/25/06@ 11:03 am

    And Mark1 calls ME “juvenile and immature?”

    HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR*

    * Reminder to Mark1: Posting on HA is a voluntary activity. As a wingnut, you’re only here to entertain us.

  68. 87

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    15

    Let’s fact-check FactCheck:

    “At least five ads this year claim a Republican incumbent voted against expanding healthcare for National Guard and Reservists. It’s true that they did vote against such an amendment, but … ” (nuanced nitpicking follows)

    “A Sept. 29 ad by Democrat Baron Hill of Indiana accuses Republican rival Mike Sodrel of voting against ‘increased death benefits for families.’ It’s true that Sodrel voted against a measure that would have allowed some families to get more than the current maximum of $500,000 in death benefits. However …”
    (nuanced nitpicking follows)

    “Three ads, two against Republican Taylor in North Carolina and one against Sodrel in Indiana, accuse incumbents of voting ‘against job assistance for veterans.’ … The ads refer to an amendment by Democrat Dale Kildee of Michigan that would extend a civilian job assistance program to employed and unemployed veterans who discovered their jobs were outsourced to foreign competition while they were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. … The amendment failed on a strictly party-line vote, with 196 Democrats and the lone Independent voting in favor and 228 Republicans voting against.” (Nuanced nitpicking omitted)

    “We found 11 ads by Democrats accusing Republican incumbents of voting against a $1,500 bonus for US troops. The ads refer to an amendment by Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan, which would have given the troops such a bonus. The measure failed by the narrowest possible margin on a mostly party-line vote Oct. 17, 2003 … 211 Republicans voted against the amendment. It lost on a tied 213-213 vote. What the ad fails to mention is that money for the bonus would have come at the cost of funds for reconstruction of Iraq, which Republicans argued was of critical importance.” (Nuanced nitpicking included)

    So FactCheck.org thinks Democratic ads saying Republicans voted against the $1,500 are misleading because the money would have come from Iraq reconstruction – even though every single House Republican voted against the bonus amendment? Tell me again how those ads are misleading. And FactCheck.org doesn’t mention that a large amount of Iraq reconstruction funds have been stolen, and the rest has been largely ineffectual. When you examine FactCheck’s comments closely, it looks a whole lot like a GOP sympathizer wrote these comments.

  69. 88

    klake spews:

    Socialist Democrats, the forces of evil thank you for the moral and financial support. The al Qaeda’s is a lot smarter than your leaders Howard Dean, John Kerry, and all the other half wits with drawing support for our Troops.
    http://www.donaldsensing.com/i.....-fighting/
    Is al Qaeda’s smart move to stop fighting?
    by Donald Sensing
    I caught part of the president’s press conference this morning and a thought struck me when he renounced, again, the idea of setting a timetable for withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. It’s an idea I’ve denounced myself: “Setting a timetable for withdrawal only notifies al Qaeda of the date of their triumph.”
    So I started wondering this morning why the terrorists in Iraq seem not to understand that time-mandated withdrawal from Iraq is practically central to opponents of President Bush specifically and the Republicans generally. And surely they have to realize that there is probably no one who would more like to start drawing down US forces from Iraq than President Bush himself, especially if he can make meaningful reductions before the two parties have their 2008 conventions.
    So, imagining myself as an al Qaeda strategist, I would be asking the terrorist leadership why they are stepping up the violence now. Okay, dumb question: they want to influence the 2006 elections

  70. 89

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    37

    I was thinking more along the lines of Republican prosecutors trying to get a grand jury to indict her — if they can find a fucking thing on her. Don’t hold your breath, trolls.

  71. 90

    Don Joe spews:

    “whatsamatter left foot… too hard to answer my questions? You don’t have the intellectual horsepower to take me on?”

    Well, sport, every time I’ve taken you on, you’ve, ah shall we say, cut and run. Have you figured out, yet, what it means to note that the unemployment rate is, well, a ratio? Nope? Keep thinking about it.

  72. 91

    Facts Support My Positions spews:

    This is worth reposting twice….

    Don’t be bashful! Let everyone know whooooo supports veterans in our congressional delegation … and who doesn’t!

    WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democrat 92
    WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democrat 92
    WA U.S. House 1 Jay Inslee Democrat 100
    WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democrat 100
    WA U.S. House 3 Brian N. Baird Democrat 100
    WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0
    WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Republican 0
    WA U.S. House 6 Norman D. ‘Norm’ Dicks Democrat 100
    WA U.S. House 7 James A. ‘Jim’ McDermott Democrat 100
    WA U.S. House 8 David George ‘Dave’ Reichert Republican 20
    WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democrat 100

    P.S. – this ought to be put on billboards in Doc Hasting’s districts. Lots of veterans live there.

    Way to go bunnyman!

  73. 92

    Mike Webb SUCKS spews:

    Commentby klake— 10/25/06@ 8:17 pm@103: Yeah, they’ll listen to Murtha and Pelosi. They’re gooooooooooooooooooooood friends! The islamofascists know where they get their marching orders.

    And, if they leave Iraq, they’ll visit America and then attack us. Just what Pelosi and Murtha want.

  74. 93

    Hillary_loser@wh.gov spews:

    Socialist- It is no wonder the rest of the world look’s at us like were morons.

    Can you spell J E A L O U S Y ?

  75. 94

    The Socialist spews:

    I have voted bye mail for 15 years or so. I really love it. I can figure which side those so call non partisan judges are really on and sort out what the incompressible initiatives really say . Plus I never miss any votes even the school levies other votes not in the normal season.

  76. 95

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    2

    “Dave Reichert has a long and impressive history of public service”

    Really? He ran a corrupt and inept sheriff’s department, and has been a rubberstamp for the neocon agenda in Congress, voting for his district’s interests only when the GOP leadership told him to.

  77. 97

    Proud to be an Ass spews:

    Gal @ 44: “So you are saying that VA Healthcare has risen 18% since WWII.”

    I’m not quite sure what he is saying, but I’m not quite sure what Reichert is claiming either. Is he saying they raised VA budgeting 18 per cent over two years? One year? Since the war started? Dunno.

    We can be fairly certain of this: Currently the VA is experiencing a severe budget crunch.

    Kinda’ says it all about republicans.

  78. 98

    klake spews:

    When God hand out brains he forgot these two dim wits Nancy Pelosi and John Murtha. Now what bull shit are presenting to the educated world? Where these same chaps selling bumper stickers to Free Tibet and kiss a commie.

    Pelosi, Murtha Call on Terrorists to Pull Out of Iraq
    by Scott Ott
    (2006-10-21) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, and Rep. John Murtha, D-PA, today issued a joint statement calling on terrorist groups and armed militias to pull out of Iraq, or at least begin a “phased redeployment.” They also called for sanctions against any nation that harbors or funds those terrorists.
    Until this week, the Democrat leaders had been calling on the U.S. to retreat from Iraq, but today Rep. Pelosi said, “it suddenly occured to us that the terrorists and so-called insurgents are the aggressors.”
    “We realized that if the U.S. pulls out,” she said, “the shooting, bombing and beheading continues. But if the terrorists leave, or if their funding dries up, then the fighting stops and we can build a lot more schools, clinics, water purification systems and electrical generation plants.”
    Standing with the California lawmaker at a news conference, Rep. Murtha, a former Marine, unveiled what he called “our new Democrat vision for Iraq to become a country that can defend, sustain and govern itself, a country which will serve as an ally in this war on terror.”
    http://www.scrappleface.com/?p=2364

  79. 99

    spews:

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    ACTUALLY ON TOPIC. IF YOU
    ARE LOOKING FOR TROLL
    COMMENTS DO NOT BOTHER
    READING THIS COMMENT.
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    What I want to know is when are the newspapers going to report on these middle of the night calls? If a person gets such a call, seeing headlines in the newspapers or TV reports that this was a prank by the opponent or the opponent’s supporters might be the only way they’ll ever find out and know who to really blame for them. I have yet to see anything in the newspapers on this. Can someone please point me to such coverage?

  80. 100

    Leftout(of their minds!) spews:

    daddy–
    You are right…I doubt this Dotzauer “groove-thing” will change the outcome of the Senate Race.
    Since that is the case….why not get the information out now??
    Frankly, the Judge has had plenty of time already to review the Dotzauer files. I agree the Judge should strongly consider not releasing any parts of documents that DIRECTLY relate to his child. DIRECTLY RELATES. However, things related to Dotzauer & Cantwell is certainly fair game. So are Financial Disclosures.
    Don’t forget daddy, this guy is a Federal Lobbyist. And his “clients” apparently made contributions laundered thru his Lobbying Firm. It’s something that should be looked into….don’t you think??
    Time will tell.
    But you are correct…it won’t change the Election results.

  81. 101

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    14

    Don’t be bashful! Let everyone know whooooo supports veterans in our congressional delegation … and who doesn’t!

    WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democrat 92
    WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democrat 92
    WA U.S. House 1 Jay Inslee Democrat 100
    WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democrat 100
    WA U.S. House 3 Brian N. Baird Democrat 100
    WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0
    WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Republican 0
    WA U.S. House 6 Norman D. ‘Norm’ Dicks Democrat 100
    WA U.S. House 7 James A. ‘Jim’ McDermott Democrat 100
    WA U.S. House 8 David George ‘Dave’ Reichert Republican 20
    WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democrat 100

    P.S. – this ought to be put on billboards in Doc Hasting’s districts. Lots of veterans live there.

  82. 102

    Daddy Love spews:

    In New Jersey, the Supreme Court just ruled that the NJ legislature must make “the rights and benefits of civil marriage…equally available to same-sex couples.” Call it marriage, call it a duck, but protect equal protection under the law.

  83. 103

    For the Clueless spews:

    I like ‘Leftout (when they were passing out the brains)’ myself. Nice ring to it.

    Swallowin’ wingnut bullsh*t since Limbaugh was an obese pup on the air.

  84. 105

    americafirst spews:

    Florida executed the “Gainesville Ripper” this afternoon. A guy who pleaded guilty of brutally murdering 5 college students (and was suspected of a triple slaying in another state). Like many bleeding-heart liberals, I’m against the death penalty – for innocent people! As for scum like this guy … good riddance, don’t let the door to Hell hit your ass on the way out of this world.
    Commentby Roger Rabbit— 10/25/06@ 3:59 pm
    ==================================================
    Good thinking for a lib. Your might be off the glue; if you kick the koolaid you might realize that the lib approach to crime in general is weak. Perhaps you’ll come around and support three-strikes.

  85. 106

    Don Joe spews:

    “Speaking of unemployment…”

    Nope. You haven’t figured it out yet.

    But, hey! If you think that a reasonable election strategy consists of trying to convince people that they’re really better off than they think they are, be my guest! Go for it, sport. Let’s see how well that works.

  86. 107

    Al Gore spews:

    @103

    So Cantwell gave or loaned money TO someone who years ago who later became a lobbiest. DO you have a similar level of concern for all the Republicans who take money FROM lobbiests now?

    Commentby K— 10/25/06@ 8:09 pm

    Yeah you tell em K. We dems can get away with being corrupt but not you repubs. No one will take the crown away from old Bill and I. We are kings of corruption.

  87. 108

    Mr Ed spews:

    Mark The LONG Red neck is ok, his neck serves its purpose. Ever since his cute little wifewised up and dumped him he has spent his off days with me in my stall.

  88. 109

    The Socialist spews:

    Watching Rick Steven touring around Europe or time team . Really reminds me how young of a country we are .

    Especially on the west coast we literally have no historical sites or history that is ours. Historically we wouldn’t even last a second on the historical clock. I find it kind of sad and humbling .

    I think we kind of act most of the time like we are 3 seconds old to . :-(

    It is no wonder the rest of the world look’s at us like were morons.

  89. 111

    Thomas Trainwinder spews:

    The King County Journal endorsing Reichert is like saying 2+2=4.

    The KCJ is a republican mouthpiece and always had been. Takes its editorial marching orders from Mr. Bellevue Square himself — Kemper Freeman.

    MORE ROADS! MORE SHOPPERS! FEWER DEMOCRATS! REICHERT!

  90. 112

    Daddy Love spews:

    So, leftout

    1. Do you think the judge will rule in thw next two weeks? Do you think he will hurry along his decisions to help the Republicans? Would that be ethical?

    2. Dotzauer may be concealing something from his wife. But it says nothing about Maria Cantwell.

    3. If there is some Cantwell dirt there, do you think it can erase the stench of Mike! McGavick’s “campaign?” Will it give him twelve points at the polls? I don’t think so.

    But every indication thus far is that there’s no “there” there.

  91. 113

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    Tell me again… what is it exactly that you guys are running against?

    The healthiest economy since Ronald Reagan?

    Security of our country after a cowardly attack against innocent people?

    Fixing global warming?

    How the fuck do you campaign against prosperity, peace and longevity.

  92. 114

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    48

    Yeah, it’s tough to get decent vehicle armor and battle helmets in Iraq, too. I contributed $99 to http://www.operation-helmet.org/ months ago! Our sanctimonious trolls who claim to “support the troops” haven’t contributed a penny toward safer helmets for our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Neither have the House Republicans. They’d rather give tax breaks to billionaires.