Kidding! It's not really a scandal. But it is a scandalette. A scandalina. A scandalita. Because, come on Prez O, you are cooler than this:
More at The Gawker.
I just got off the phone with a someone I could have hung out with for hours. He owns a golden retriever he calls "Dude", he is a 6th-12th grade social studies teacher going for his masters in special ed at Michigan State, and as lay back and wickedly funny as he is, he's dead serious about representing the people of Michigan's 8th district.
And when I say people I mean people. Not corporations. Not BP. Not K Street. Not like Republican Mike Rogers, the incumbent, who really ought to give the HBO movie "Gasland" a little look-see.
This Congressional race has a very, well, "different" back story that you can read at Crooks and Liars here. But he's not concerned with that at the moment.
As he reminded me, he is not a politician, he is a citizen... and an idealist. Remember those?
He has no PAC, and he depends on no special interests. He's not your typical candidate, and most certainly not a packaged product. Maybe that's why the press is ignoring him, with the exception of one AP reporter... and the Blogosphere.
Lance Enderle's is a campaign of the people. He can't stress that enough. And he emphasized that this is the first time in his lifetime that he has witnessed such a campaign of the people.
"I'm living the dream, in a sense. It's a privilege to say I did this for the right reasons... I'm a Progressive idealist."
That's not something you hear from a Congressional candidate every day.
After talking to him for quite awhile, I could easily draw parallels to Rep. Alan Grayson. IMHO, Enderle could very well become the new most dangerous man in Washington. Sort of an Alan Grayson with a James Earl Jonesish voice.
What we have here is a man who isn't running as if he's already planning for re-election, but someone with solutions to problems that affect the state on a federal level. Someone who cares. Someone who sounds like us. Someone with a golden retriever named Dude.
Watch and learn:
Please feel free to donate at Lance's ActBlue page here.
You can find Lance's official website here. Here's a sample:
The Democratic Primary takes place on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010.
As of today, the only name that will appear on the August 3rd Democratic Party Primary Ballot for Michigan's 8th District is Kande Ngalamulume...who dropped out of the race on June 7th.
The deadline to enter the primary has passed. So, unless a "write-in" candidate gets more votes than Mr. Ngalamulume in the Democratic Primary, Incumbent Republican Mike Rogers will run unopposed in the November general election.
After a long dark decade of living in "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood", the good people of Michigan's 8th District deserve much better than this. [...]
- Bringing jobs back to the district is priority number one.
- Eliminating corporate welfare.
- Seeing that just relief is given to the Small Business owner and Farmers throughout Michigan and this Nation.
- Lance supports the Employee Free Choice Act, but believes more can be done to protect the American Worker.
He only has a few days to make an impact. Let's give him some help.
The other day, we brought you more disturbing news about another disturbing oil disaster after the mother of all disturbing oil hemorrhages already made our days, weeks, and months miserable.
In Michigan, over a million gallons of poison have gushed into the Kalamazoo River. This latest mess is brought to you by Enbridge Energy pipelines, by the same folks who have leaked oil on 12 different occasions in Michigan since 2002.”
Although Michigan’s spill represents only 32 percent of the amount of oil spilled per day in the ongoing BP oil disaster, the environmental implications of the leak are already clear. Not only has wildlife — including geese and muskrats — been coated in oil, but fears also remain high that the oil will contaminate local water supplies. The Calhoun County Health Department has advised residents around the area of the Kalamazoo River oil spill to evacuate, due to “‘higher than acceptable levels of benzene’ in air quality studies.” Benzene, notes the press release from the health department, is a “highly flammable” organic chemical that can lead to a series of symptoms from dizziness to tremors. The long-term effects of benzene exposure, however, are more dire and are linked to excessive bleeding and even cancer in human beings.
Welcome to what I hope is never the new normal.
Paddy just linked me to this, and asked, "Did she fake it to miss the Blunt fundraiser so as to not piss off Tea Baggers even more?"
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann canceled a scheduled campaign appearance in St. Louis, Mo., Saturday for GOP Senate candidate Roy Blunt after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.
Is an undisclosed illness like an undisclosed location? You go there in case of an emergency... ?
According to her office, it was a "sudden illness". Her spokesman refuses to divulge what that sudden illness is. I suspect it has something to do with that cavernous void in her cranium, but that's just me. Oh wait. That isn't sudden, that's chronic.
They say she's well on her way down the road to wellness, so my Official Joke Censor 2000 hasn't kicked in.
The illness kept her from making a trip Saturday morning to Missouri, where she is backing Blunt, a U.S. House member running in the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate.
Blunt's opponent is backed by the Tea Baggers, including Not Joe the Not Plumber. Hence, Bachmann riled a few Missouri Tea Potty groups when she decided to pal around with Blunt.
We wish here a speedy recovery.
Anyone taking bets on whether or not the White House Correspondents Association will be snookered into giving ClusterFox a front row seat at the Daily Press Briefings? Helen Thomas's seat is up for grabs. And by seat I mean vacant chair in the briefing room.
The favorites for the coveted spot are, reportedly, Fox, NPR, and Bloomberg News.
CREDO Action, a mobile phone company that sponsors activist campaigns, has an online petition that includes the following (via The Hill):
"FOX News is a right-wing propaganda outlet, not a legitimate news agency [...] It's bad enough that we have to fight the constant smear campaigns and appeals to racial paranoia from FOX and the right-wing media. We can't let them have the best seat in the White House press briefing room and the legitimacy that it confers."
So far there are more than 250,000 signatures on the petition.
I've tried to look at this in an unemotional, detached, fair and balanced kind of way. I've tried to convince myself that bickering over a chair in a room full of chairs filled by others with whom I may not agree is juvenile.
And then I come to my senses. Helen Thomas, no matter how her career ended, contributed so much, was so bold and relentless in her questions to all the presidents she confronted-- whether a Democrat or Republican-- that to plunk down some news quack in her spot would be a slap in the face to what's left of the press.
ClusterFox does not deliver news, it spreads lies, fear, hatred, and bigotry.
Anyone who attends those briefings should be held to the minimal standards of representing the news [sic] media, not some overpaid mouthpieces for Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdoch, the Tea Baggers, and the GOBP.
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