Vampyres about in the land… 28 October 2007Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Big Box Blogs, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Iraq War, Political Blogs, U.S. Senate, WAR!.
Right right right… that was such an outside the Beltway, insurgent run. Riiiight:
Webb, a former Pentagon official and Navy secretary, wrote novels based on his Vietnam War experiences. In the Senate, he sits on three relevant committees: Armed Services, Foreign Relations and Veterans’ Affairs. He keeps a writing office in Rosslyn that overlooks the Iwo Jima Memorial, and he often takes walks through Arlington National Cemetery, where his father is buried. [I am making a sign of the cross, head bowed in deep respect... yeah right... - Mcat]
Reid, who met Webb in the early days of his long-shot Senate campaign, has become his patron in the chamber. The two were introduced by former senator Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), another Vietnam veteran with an independent streak, who for years had been encouraging Webb to seek public office. [another fucking pro-war whack job! -- Mcat]
Reid lobbied his party to invest in Webb’s candidacy, convinced that the political neophyte’s unusual profile put the Virginia Senate seat, held by GOP rising star Allen, within reach. “It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Reid said in an interview, but he conceded, “He’s not easily led.”
Shortly after his election, Webb snubbed the president at a White House reception when Bush asked about his son, a Marine recently deployed to Iraq. Asked by Reid to deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union address, Webb discarded a draft prepared for him and wrote his own. This spring, when a senior Webb staffer was arrested carrying the senator’s loaded handgun into a Capitol office building, Webb asserted his right “to defend myself and my family.”
No small “d” democrat mentioned in that article – not a one! LOL
Myself, I always thought Raising Kaine, the online site that backed Kaine and later Webb smelled to high heaven of Republican (tho not pro George Allen) elephant droppings… The objective of the Wapo piece is to push (or merely profile, who knows) Webb for Veepessa (he just gave the key note speech at the J-J dinner in NH, woohoo!).
I could see it, tho I have zero idea who Hillary will pick.
No matter what, we are screwed, so — why worry ?? (truly! I have learned to love the bomb!). Her annual State of the Union speeches should make George’s look tolerable.
Yes, I did say that.
Sunday morning – Malibu – October 07 fires [LAT reader photo]
Love it when the vampyres rise up and piss on the Democrats – (remember… I have learned to Love the Bomb!!)
BREAKING NEWS: Electoral initiative backers give up
Plagued by a lack of money, supporters of a statewide initiative drive to change the way California’s 55 electoral votes are apportioned, first revealed here by Top of the Ticket in July, are pulling the plug on that effort.
In an exclusive report to appear on this website late tonight and in Friday’s print editions, The Times’ Dan Morain reports that the proposal to change the winner-take-all electoral vote allocation to one by congressional district is virtually dead with the resignation of key supporters, internal disputes and a lack of funds.
The reality is hundreds of thousands of signatures must be gathered by the end of November to get the measure on the June 2008 ballot.
Opposition was led by Democratic consultant Chris Lehane who received financial backing from donors such as Stephen Bing, like Lehane a Hillary Clinton backer who saw any threat to keeping all of California’s electoral votes as unacceptable.
“We want to to make sure this is not the Freddy Krueger of initiatives,” Lehane said today, “that comes back to life. We’ll continue to monitor it.” Morain’s full story is available here.
The Democrats even ran a puff piece in the NYT, loaded with slobbery luv for Lehane, how he had vanquished the Republican efforts…. Both sides are making sure their operatives appear above the fold in this play for the CA EV…
The intent is to change California’s winner-take-all system, which would give Republicans an edge in the presidential race.
SACRAMENTO — Veteran GOP consultants said Monday that they were relaunching a drive to change the way California allocates its electoral college votes, aimed at helping the 2008 Republican presidential nominee capture the White House.
Political strategist David Gilliard said he was taking over the ballot initiative campaign, along with strategist Ed Rollins and fundraiser Anne Dunsmore. Consultant Mike Arno will oversee the signature-gathering effort.
Our budget is going to be whatever it takes to make the June ballot,” said Gilliard, who played a key role in getting the recall of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis onto the 2003 ballot.
The proposed initiative would change California’s method of allocating its 55 electoral votes from a winner-take-all basis, which favors Democrats, to a congressional district-based approach. Republicans hold 19 congressional seats, so presumably the GOP nominee could win a similar number of electoral votes.
The effort stalled last month when its original organizers failed to raise the $2 million needed to place the initiative on the June ballot.
Until recently, Dunsmore oversaw fundraising for Rudolph W. Giuliani’s presidential campaign — prompting Democrats to charge that the former New York mayor was behind the initiative drive. A major Giuliani benefactor, Wall Street mogul Paul E. Singer, donated $175,000 to fund the original effort.
Yes there is a daunting number of signatures to gather to get this on the ballot… but this has loads of behind-the-scenes Republican factions, operatives and consultants working on it. And has for a long time… Arnold publically claims hands off, but last year Tom Campbell (ran agaisnt Feinstein three times, from her LEFT, as a R) was working with Arnold on this very putsch. Long time R money from the 2003 Recall as well as no tax/low tax CA pols and operatives are behind this. And Guiliani money and operatives.
The last kicker…
This can go on the ballot as late as the NOVEMBER 2008 ballot and be legal in the 2008 run. Our votes are not certified ’til January ’09. The current plan, the public plan, is that it should go on the June ’08 [rimary ballot here… yes … our primary is split. The moved up, gamed up, Dem mobbed up early presidential primary, then later, in June, we vote in the down ticket primary. They plan to wear us out, voting for scheisse.
Republicans feel that with low turn out (our primary numbers are falling – 30% in the ’03 Recall and less than 25% in the ’04 primary – any shock? We are WEARING OUT!) June might work for them, low turn out, but more Republicans.
No point counting the R out of the game. And, for months now Guiliani says, support me, I can win in CA. I caught Willie Brown, the other night on television, trying to say this is a very blue state.
No, it’s not … it has some big blue districts. And the Republicans have parsed the numbers, very finely. You break the ‘winner take all’ system of apportioning the EV, you can, conceivably, deny the Democrats the WH. For a long time.
Years ago, I used to worry — about this very thing. But I learned to Love the Bomb: In all its forms….