Archive for the ‘voters’ Category

Obama Calls Limbaugh Top Party Leader; Voters Don’t Buy It

March 6, 2009

With President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Karl Rove gone, the Democrats have lost easily identifiable right-wing leaders to vilify.

But Democrats think they’ve found a replacement – Rush Limbaugh – even if most Americans aren’t buying it.

By Joseph Curl
The Washington Times

When asked if “Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party,” 59 percent of 1,000 likely voters polled in a national survey disagreed, while 29 percent agreed, according to the Rasmussen polling firm.

”The strategy to use Rush Limbaugh as the poster boy for all things Republican helps the Democrats the most right now because it galvanizes their support of Obama and opposition against Republicans,” said Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh.

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/
06/most-voters-dont-see-limbaugh-as-gop-chief/

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Rush Limbaugh as “moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party;” REALLY?

GOP defies Obama overtures

January 29, 2009

House Republicans have proposed an alternative that leaders say would create 6.2 million jobs for only $478 billion.

“What Member can’t go back his or her District and explain: Rather than voting for a bloated bill, … I voted for an alternative that would create twice the jobs at half the cost, and faster?” a House Republican leadership aide said. “That’s why we didn’t lose a single Republican and picked up 11 Democrats.”

By Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin
Politico

Pushing back against the unanimous House Republican vote against President Obama’s stimulus plan, the White House plans to release state-by-state job figures “so we can put a number on what folks voted for an against,” an administration aide said. 

“It’s clear the Republicans who voted against the stimulus represent constituents who will be stunned to learn their member of Congress voted against [saving or] creating 4 million jobs,” the aide said.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the lawmakers will have to answer to their constituents.

“I do believe that there will be people in districts all over the country that will wonder why, when there’s a good bill to get the economy moving again, why we still

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/200
90129/pl_politico/18160

Should Illinois and New York Voters Be Pleased With Their Governor’s Appointments to the U.S. Senate?

January 24, 2009

Spare us the circus.  States should elect their U.S. Senators….

Two Governors recently made single-man selections of United States Senators — a practice voters should no longer tolerate.

Governors have the power to appoint “interim” Senators in cases such as when a seated and elected Senator’s dies.  But in each of these cases, there seems to have been ample time and reason to hold special elections to allow the people to decide who they wanted representing them in the United States Senate….

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 Rethink Practice of Governors Filling Vacant U.S. Senate Seats

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By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer

The departure of four Democratic senators this year has cast a new — and at times, unflattering — light on governors and their power to fill Senate vacancies.

While governors must call a special election to replace members of the House who resign or die before their term is up, 38 states allow governors the sole power to appoint an interim senator, according to the National Council of State Legislatures.

Just nine states require a special election to fill a Senate vacancy. In three other states — Hawaii, Utah and Wyoming — governors must select a candidate from a list of prospective appointees submitted by representatives of the departing incumbent’s political party.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes a statement at a news conference ... 
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes a statement at a news conference Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 in Chicago, as the Illinois Senate prepares for a trial that could remove him from office.The two term Governor was impeached by the Illinois House on a wide array of offenses including criminal corruption and wasting taxpayers money. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Choosing a new senator has led to considerable drama for the four governors tasked with doing so this year. All have weathered some level of opprobrium for their choices or for how they handled the selection, with one — Rod Blagojevich of Illinois — facing criminal charges for trying to barter President Barack Obama‘s former seat for cash and favors.

“Politically, the choices made by the governors so far have been pretty odd,” said Seth Masket, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Denver.

Most recently, New York Gov. David Paterson engaged in a messy, drawn-out effort to name a replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama’s secretary of state. The process was largely dominated by a high-profile lobbying campaign by Caroline Kennedy, the 51-year-old daughter of President John F. Kennedy hoping to win the nod.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090124/a
p_on_el_se/appointing_senators

New York Gov. David Paterson, seen here in 2008, has chosen ... 
New York Gov. David Paterson, seen here in 2008, has chosen state congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, a relative unknown on the political scene, to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, US media said Friday.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Chris Hondros)

Rethink Practice of Governors Filling Vacant U.S. Senate Seats

December 31, 2008

Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat was allegedly for sale in Illinois.  Then the tarnished Governor made a circus out of appoining a new U.S. Senator and there seemed a strong message in his news conference that the seat was reserved for African Americans.  Only.

Why shouldn’t the people decide?

Blago’s pick said the appointment was legal.  Great: but it that how we want one of only 100 national lawmakers to get into office?  He’s legal?  So is a lot of seafood….
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Above: Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, right, named Roland Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate. Photo: Amanda Rivkin for The New York Times

In New York, a lady with a big name and not much to say is the leading contender for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.  The lady with the big name and lots of money hasn’t shown much interest in politics or issues previously and seems unable to articulate positions on many topics today, you know?
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So in New York we have a celebrity auction for the U.S. Senate.  Why not decide on “American Idol”?

Why can’t the voters decide?

Governors appointing U.S. Senators seems to make a mockery of democrocy and takes away a key right and priviledge of every voter: to see, evaluate and decide for themselves after a “campaign.”

What we have now in these two “appointment” capers is a media circus of attention and vote by writers, reporters and pundits of the “high profile” possibilities.

These are the last people on earth I trust with my vote…

And if the voters are not asked to decide then put into place a “caretaker” system that allows a person of stature, wisdom and skill to fill the Senate seat while promising not to run in the next election.  At that time we can go back to an elected Senator with unknown wisdom and skill….

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

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Blagojevich Playing The “Race Card”? Hurting Illinois, Obama, African Americans?
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Caroline Kennedy Has “Nothing to Say” (And Says It Badly)
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From CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/1
2/31/illinois.senate/index.html

New York Gov. David Paterson speaks during a news conference ... 
New York Gov. David Paterson speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008. Caroline Kennedy has told Paterson that she’s interested in the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her the highest-profile candidate to express a desire for the job.(AP Photo)

Caroline Kennedy Registered in 1988, “Hasn’t Voted a Lot”

December 19, 2008

Many seem overjoyed at the notion that a woman who doesn’t vote much may become the next U.S. Senator from New York by gaining only one vote herself: the vote of the Governor of New York David Paterson ….

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Caroline Kennedy wants to be the next senator from New York,  but her voting record is already spotty, the Daily News has found.

City Board of Elections records show Kennedy has failed to vote in many elections since she registered in the city in 1988 – including votes for the Senate seat she hopes to fill and numerous Democratic faceoffs for mayor.

ByErin Einhorn and David Saltonstall  
New York Daily News

Caroline Kennedy lacks political experience but she brings the ... 
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, listens to a reporter’s question.  Kennedy is campaigning for the open Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.
(AP Photo/Don Heupel)

“It doesn’t speak to a deep-felt commitment to the electoral process,” Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio said when told of Kennedy’s ballot breakdowns.

Records show Kennedy did not pull the lever for any of her fellow Democrats in city primary races for mayor in 1989, 1993 and 1997 and 2005, which Republicans went on to win three out of four times in the general election.

She was also AWOL for the primary and general elections in 1994, when Sen. Daniel Moynihan was running for reelection to the seat Kennedy hopes to hold.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/1
2/18/2008-12-18_records_show_caroline
_kennedy_failed_to_.html

New York Gov. David Paterson speaks during a news conference ... 
New York Gov. David Paterson speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008. Caroline Kennedy has told Paterson that she’s interested in the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her the highest-profile candidate to express a desire for the job.(AP Photo)

It’s Caroline Kennedy’s Sense of Entitlement or U.S. House of Lords?

December 19, 2008

idea, wrong argument. The problem with Caroline Kennedy’s presumption to Hillary Clinton‘s soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat is not lack of qualification or experience. The Senate houses lots of inexperienced rookies — wealthy businessmen, sports stars, even the occasional actor.

The problem is Kennedy’s sense of entitlement. Given her rather modest achievements, she is trading entirely on pedigree.

By Charles Krauthammer

I hate to be a good-government scold, but wasn’t the American experiment a rather firm renunciation of government by pedigree?

Yes, the Founders were not democrats. They believed in aristocracy. But their idea was government by natural — not inherited — aristocracy, an aristocracy of “virtue and talents,” as Jefferson put it.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/ar
ticle/2008/12/18/AR2008121803175.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and Caroline Kennedy have lunch ... 
The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and Caroline Kennedy have lunch at famed soul food restaurant Sylvia’s in Harlem, New York, Thursday Dec. 18, 2008. The late President John F. Kennedy’s daughter acknowledged Thursday that she is seeking to be appointed to the U.S. Senate seat held by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to be secretary of state.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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“I don’t know what Caroline Kennedy‘s qualifications are. Except that she has name recognition, but so does J-Lo.”

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.)

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Caroline Kennedy Not A Regular Voter

ByErin Einhorn and David Saltonstall  
New York Daily News

Caroline Kennedy wants to be the next senator from New York, but her voting record is already spotty, the Daily News has found.

City Board of Elections records show Kennedy has failed to vote in many elections since she registered in the city in 1988 – including votes for the Senate seat she hopes to fill and numerous Democratic faceoffs for mayor.

“It doesn’t speak to a deep-felt commitment to the electoral process,” Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio said when told of Kennedy’s ballot breakdowns.

Records show Kennedy did not pull the lever for any of her fellow Democrats in city primary races for mayor in 1989, 1993 and 1997 and 2005, which Republicans went on to win three out of four times in the general election.

She was also AWOL for the primary and general elections in 1994, when Sen. Daniel Moynihan was running for reelection to the seat Kennedy hopes to hold.

Read the rest:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/1
2/18/2008-12-18_records_show_caroline
_kennedy_failed_to_.html

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, ... 
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at City Hall in Buffalo, N.Y. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008. Kennedy is campaigning for the open Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.(AP Photo/Don Heupel)

Corruption, Nepotism and Entitlement: Illinois Politics

December 17, 2008

Illinois politics, it seems, is where corruption, nepotism and politics meet.

He was married to one of the state’s top legislators.  That connection and his blue-collar reputation and charm catapaulted him into the Governor’s job.  Then he figured he was “owed” more: a cabinet position, money for campaigns and maybe even money for himself and his wife.

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
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That belief that I am  “owed” runs deep in Illinois politics.

Jesse Jackson Jr.,  the son of a prominent minister and civil rights activists thought he was owed too.  From the House of Representatives he had his eye on the Senate and perhaps bigger jobs and money for his wife.

I’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mine is common in Illinois: and it has been for years.

What makes the itch go away and then crave more is money and favors….
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“As much as politicians in Illinois have had a tradition of corruption, the people of Illinois have had a tradition of accepting it, even expecting it — and long before Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich was accused of trying to put a Senate seat up to the highest bidder,” wrote Kate Zernike of the New York Times.

“Otto Kerner, who served as governor in the 1960s, was found to have accepted bribes in the form of racetrack stock only after the track owner deducted it on her taxes as the cost of doing business.”

And there are many more examples of corruption in Illinois politics and acceptance by the Illinois voters…

Former Gov. Otto Kerner, right, was convicted in 1973 on bribery, tax evasion and perjury charges; and former Representative Dan Rostenkowski pleaded guilty to two charges of mail fraud in 1996.
Above, left, Dan Rostenkowski. Right, Otto Kerner, Jr.

Related:
In Illinois, Corruption Often Expected, Accepted


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 In this Aug. 17, 2005, file photo Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, ... 
In this Aug. 17, 2005, file photo Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, left, laughs with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich during Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair  in Springfield, Ill. Blagojevich was roused from bed and arrested Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, after prosecutors said he was caught on wiretaps audaciously scheming to sell now President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for cash or a plum job for himself in the new administration.

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(AP Photo/Randy Squires, File)