Ooooh, aaaaah. This would be such a gift except for the fact that she’s probably got a Fox “consultant” contract already in her back pocket.
The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed Democratic hotel magnate Jim Graves edging Bachmann among voters in Minnesota’ Sixth Congressional District 47 percent to 45 percent. Graves announced recently that he will challenge Bachmann once again next year after falling to the tea party champion in a close race last year.
Facing a campaign finance investigation, Bachmann has been pegged as one of the leading Democratic targets in 2014. The poll, which was reported on by Politico, was conducted May 15 using automated phone interviews with 500 voters. It has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.
Well, hello again Joe:
(CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak announced an exploratory committee for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, with a campaign titled “Leadership for a Better America.”
The Pennsylvania senatorial race is in 2016, making this an unusually early declaration, but Sestak said that the formation of the exploratory committee is not just for his Senate bid, but also to address problems that currently affect Pennsylvanians. [...]
Sestak told CNN, “Pennsylvanians want leaders that don’t wait until there’s a crisis to resolve our challenges. They want a leader that has their back every day. And unfortunately in the Senate. . . our Senators tend to confront problems only when there is a crisis. . .rather than doing what should have been done before it occurred.”
Correction: Our Senators tend to confront each other when there is a crisis. To hell with the rest of us.
Has anyone else noticed that he’s been popping up on the Tee Vee Machine more and more lately? Now we know why.
Today’s L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
South Carolina proved that it is possible to talk a dog off of a meat wagon with its election of disgraced former Gov. Mark Sanford to his old House seat in Congress.
The Republican candidate proved to the world that you can have your cake and eat it too with his undeserved victory. Bill Clinton has nothing on him. And now the party of family values has a new standard-bearer in South Carolina for ethics, integrity, duty, responsibility and family loyalty.
His campaign should be examined and written about in leadership circles as examples of how to betray everyone except yourself and then record a margin of victory so comfortable that you made it look easy. He gives public service a bad name.
We’ve already seen that Mark Sanford– cheater, hypocrite, trespasser– has no wisdom to impart. And yet he won an election, mainly because Republicans in South Carolina have the kind of wisdom and judgment skills that are surpassed only by Sanford’s credibility and sense of ethics.
This despite the National Republicans pulling the plug on Sanford’s congressional campaign. What could all this mean to the Congressional GOP?
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) is heading back to Congress — and that may not be good news for House GOP leadership.
Sanford owes party leaders nothing, as they refused to spend money on his campaign in the closing weeks and held him at arm’s length for much of the race.
He’s also a vocal — and stubborn — fiscal conservative, and will be sworn into the House at a time when GOP leaders are battling to control an unruly conference.
The first potentially awkward moment will come when Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) swears Sanford in, likely in the next few days.
The Boehner couldn’t even bring himself to mention Sanford by name when he was asked if he’d be welcomed back. To make matters worse, Sanford is due in court on Thursday to face his ex-wife’s accusations of trespassing. That could push his swearing-in ceremony back until next week.
While it’s likely Sanford and House GOP leaders won’t have a warm and fuzzy relationship, it’s unclear whether he’ll be accepted by House conservatives either.
But you know where he will be very welcome? Fox.
Lookee there! Mark Sanford is exploiting his very own private god to exonerate himself from all that cheating and abandonment of his family and the state for which he was responsible… again. What, did his god text him or leave a voice mail to tell him he was magically free and clear of all responsibility and fit to run?
Asked during an interview on CNN’s “Starting Point” on whether the former Republican governor has any advice for Weiner as he considers making a bid for New York City mayor this year, Sanford said he’s not looking to impart any wisdom.
You can’t impart something you don’t have.
“I wouldn’t presume to give anybody else advice.” Because you have no advice. And the only ones who would listen are those stupid enough to vote for you.
“I thought my time in politics was forever over.” Many of us were sure hoping it was. But the Republican “family values” hypocrites in South Carolina apparently care nothing about honesty, integrity, ethics, or the sanctity of marriage.
“Redemption… A god of second chances…”
1. Leave religion out of politics.
2. You have not redeemed yourself in the least. How’s that fiancee of yours? Your kids like her? Don’t you have a court date coming up tomorrow on charges that you trespassed at your ex-wife’s house ?
3. Did Sanford give President Clinton a second chance? Does Sanford’s god only forgive Republican hypocrites?
Is anyone out there as utterly and completely disgusted as I am?
Iowa’s GOP Rep. Steve King will not be running for the U.S. Senate, because, says he, he wants to focus on legislation in the House rather than spending time campaigning. He must feel that all those House recesses give him enough time to ask for plenty of donations and share his obnoxious extremist drivel, so who needs to move on up and exert all that effort when there’s a majority in the House who see things his way?
Dem Senator Tom Harkin won’t be running for re-election, and Republicans don’t have a candidate yet.
Just for fun, here is a walk down TPC’s Steve King Memory Lane:
Wouldn’t he have made a swell U.S. Senator? After all, he’s such a stellar Congress member now! No? Does this mean you’re not disappointed? Hey, me neither!
CNN has King’s full statement. Here are some excerpts:
I have said from the beginning this decision requires “the head, the gut, and the heart” to line up together. I have done due diligence and evaluated the race from a statewide, objective perspective. I have talked with hundreds of supporters…and some detractors. [...]
My analytical part, the head, tells me the race is winnable and must be won in 2014 or a generational opportunity could be lost. I have said a race for the Senate is “a slight up hill battle”. It is, but it’s “no hill for a climber”.
The question I am answering today is, “What is my duty?” I believe my duty is to utilize the honor of serving Iowans in Congress by maximizing my effectiveness. I owe it to all Iowans and Americans to give you my best effort and best judgment.
We have in front of us in Congress a series of potent issues which will redirect the destiny of our state and nation. Among them are a farm bill, ObamaCare, debt and deficit, immigration, and tax reform. If I step away from these responsibilities while campaigning in an effort to multiply leverage in the Senate, what becomes of our nation in the mean time?
This week, I made a simple device to put toothpaste back in the tube. But a device to put the Leftist genie back in the bottle is not so simple. The best tool we have now is the majority in the U.S. House which functions mostly to keep the Leftist genie in the bottle. I cannot, in good conscience, turn my back on the destiny decisions of Congress today in order to direct all my efforts to a Senate race for next year, while hoping to gain the leverage to put the genie back in the bottle in 2015. [...]
Accordingly, I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2014. … I anticipate being on the ballot for reelection to the U.S. House, Fourth District of Iowa.
If you’re still laughing at “my best effort and best judgment,” “if I step away… what becomes of our nation?” and “put the Leftist genie back in the bottle,” you’re not alone.
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