December 2, 2008

Saxby Chambliss has won.

The Democrats cannot reach 60 in the Senate. So can Al Franken stop trying to steal the election in Minnesota?

150 comments:

Freeman Hunt said...

Steal? Oh now, how can it be helped that some scattered brained election officials just left stacks of voter ballots around? Sure is lucky that they're "finding" them now. I would be awful if those "votes" weren't counted.

Bob W. said...

Looks like Chambliss is going to win pretty handily too, by over a ten point margin.

The big loser in Georgia today: Ludacris!

Original George said...

Imagine if WalMart were run the way the politicians run elections....Every day at the close of business, cashiers would be finding money underneath the cash registers, behind apparel racks, in the parking lot....

Meade said...

If you want to stop trying to steal the election, stop trying to steal the election. Otherwise, don't.

OldGrouchy said...

Come on, all these terrible accusations about "stealing elections" when everyone knows it was just great excitement watching the first born Hawaiian become the presumptive President Elect in the USA. Wonder if that presumption will hold up after the real election?

That's really quite a mouth full: "Office of the President Elect Presumptive!" At least that's what the Constitution calls it, doesn't it?

1jpb said...

Why bother with the Saxby stuff?

The main point of this post to express outrage regarding Minnesota.

Outrage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This must be an occasion for metaphysical outrage. It's a sign that our political system is in danger of corruption greater than we've ever seen. This is the dirtiest of dirty politics.

This is destructive to democracy.

How will we manage to continue on?

blah, blah, blah, and so on.

Roost on the Moon said...

Partisan bullshit aside, there is a great Yglesias post on 60 as a magic number.

(Nutshell: Nothing magic.) There are moderate Repulicans and blue dog Democrats. Unless the issue at hand fractures completely down party lines, 60 is just one better than 59 and one worse 61.

ricpic said...

Chambliss invited Palin to campaign for him. Gives the lie to the libs attempt to paint her as unpopular with reg'lar folk. She's gonna destroy Obaminable in 2012, what's left of him.

TosaGuy said...

Does this mean that we longer get to play the Minnesota Senate Election Ballot Challenge?

http://senaterecount.startribune.com/

Verso said...

One of the reasons the overwhelming majority of people identify Ann as a conservative is because she makes ridiculous "Franken is stealing the election" statements that have no basis in reality. All these irresponsible and intellectually dishonest statements really show is that Ann is up to her eyeballs in the raving lunacy of right wing blogs, and the raving idiocy of her hatemongering hero, Rush Limbaugh.

The real question is "does she really believe it, or is she lying?"

I'm fairly sure that Ann is aware that there is no evidence that Franken is stealing the election. So then why does she pretend like there is no question that he is? Why does she use completely unqualified language that flatly states as fact that Franken is stealing the election, when there isn't even weak evidence in support of that theory? Again, a gut feeling is one thing, but if the writer has nothing more than a gut feeling, doesn't intellectual honestly require her to employ some kind of qualifying language to indicate that the statements are mere speculation and personal opinion?

Lem said...

I don't know why would anybody would want to be there presiding over a decade long recession.

AJ Lynch said...

I don't think there are any Blue Dog Dems in the Senate. That is a House term for a loosely affiliated group of Dem congress members.

Theo Boehm said...

For all practical purposes, looks like a tie.

If that's the case, why not split the job?

Should one or the other be Senator on alternate days, weeks, or months?

It's only fair.

Synova said...

This is obviously a Sarah Palin thread, since she traveled down to campaign for him.

Glen said...
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Synova said...

For Saxby, not Frankin.

Verso said...

I don't think there are any Blue Dog Dems in the Senate.
Oh, come on. Probably a third of Senate Dems are blue dogs. And we're all going to find that out next year. Democrats will never get the complete and total party loyalty from Congressional Dems than Bush was able to get from Congressional Republicans over the last 8 years. Republicans have marched in lockstep; in 2009, it will be hard for Dems to get 50 votes on a number of important issues. 58 Senate Dems really only means the Democrats can pass legislation on those occasions when they can keep fewer than 9 Democrats from siding with Republicans.

Of course, it's all a moot point since Republicans will use the filibuster to block all meaningful legislation. Republicans who for years have been demanding "up or down votes" as though it was the birthright of every American will suddenly be silent on the subject.

Synova said...

Though few others could travel south to Minnesota.

AJ Lynch said...

Heh. Synova is looking for some blog action.

Won't get it from me; I think Palin is great!

I bet most mothers look at Palin and wish their own daughters will be lucky enough to have a life like Palin's for themselves.

AJ Lynch said...

Verso:

Can you name one?

Chip Ahoy said...

In'nit weird that Chablis is a district in Burgundy and that most of the wine from that district is Chardonnay?

Oh. I'm sorry. Elections. Georgia. Right. Carry on.

rcocean said...

False Statement:

"Franken is stealing the election"

True Statement:

"Franken is an absurd unfunny clown -who never should have been nominated - and is *trying* to stealing the election and probably will."

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

Now the republicans better hope the two ladies from Maine and Specter stay in the fold with the republicans.

I am so glad Saxby won. He is one of the best senators this country has. Also, we need his name in the senate.

Saxby is a true patriot. Four deferments from Vietnam and ran against a man that lost his arms and legs in Vietnam and in the last election called him unpatriotic. Got to love the balls of good old southern white Saxby.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

Saxby is big old fag hater too. Absolutely love Saxby.

AlphaLiberal said...

So can Al Franken stop trying to steal the election in Minnesota?

Yeah, the audacity of trying to get all the votes counted! Only a conservative brain can make that into "stealing."

Remember comments like this, Ann, when you wonder why people accuse you of "leaning" right.

We;;, we'll have Saxby Shambles to kick around some more.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

Jugs-Synova-yum.

Krylobite said...

I bet most mothers look at Palin and get pissed that she can be so successful and goddam cheerful with five kids, including a daughter pregnant by a knuckle-dragger with a room temperature IQ.

Sweet Jesus! Give me some of what she's been taking.

MadisonMan said...

I bet most mothers look at Palin and wish their own daughters will be lucky enough to have a life like Palin's for themselves.

You're saying most mothers want their children to have Down Syndrome babies and have kids having children before finishing high school?

Lem said...

For every real blue dog democrat there is a real Hugh Hefner with blue balls.

Catharine said...

Verso wrote: One of the reasons the overwhelming majority of people identify Ann...

Good God. When did the adult population of the U.S. vote on the proper categorization of Ann? Or is this the reflection of a poll involving every man, woman and child in these United States? Never mind: It was missed, totally uncovered, by both the MSM and blogoheroes alike.

Assholes. How dare they?

sean said...

Recent history suggests that this is the first of many Republican victories over the next four (maybe eight) years: the party that holds the presidency tends to lose ground at every other level of government.

If you are a person of strong ideological or partisan leanings, this is a disturbing fact.

Krylobite said...

Yes, they're going to count ALLLLLLL the votes! Every last one!!

Until Al Franken is elected! Yay!

I say it's Palin vs. Franken in '16.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

Also we still have James Imhofe in the senate thank God.

Do you know he has no gays in his extended family?

Those are the family values we appreciate.

And David Vitter, another wonderful family man.

jdeeripper said...

Blogger Synova said...This is obviously a Sarah Palin thread, since she traveled down to campaign for him.

If Ann wants another 200+ Sarah Palin Superpost she needs a better title:

Sarah Palin Gets Her Revenge And Crushes Dems in GA.

Sexy Sarah Struts Her Stuff For Saxby

Palin Helps Gun Down Chambliss Opponent

Champaign Sarah Raises A Toast to Saxby Chambliss

Democrats Demoralized As Sarah Slays GA Hopes

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

What a setback for Ludracis.

Krylobite said...

Ah yes, Madison Man. I forgot the part about having the mongoloid idiot daughter. I just love antique medical terms.

Makes me all the more jealous.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

Now I am watching The Magnificent Ambersons. Who knew there was Indianapolis gentry, circa 1900.

MadisonMan said...

Democrats Demoralized As Sarah Slays GA Hopes

Hee. The problem is that few Democrats care. Sure, the true partisans -- the ones who live in DC and on the coasts -- who want a supposedly filibuster-proof 60-vote plurality might feel anguish, but for most, I imagine they're just wondering what the future holds given the many challenges facing this great country.

Synova said...

What did I do to get your attention, Titus?

Your remarks are unwelcome. I did nothing to engage you in any way whatsoever. I don't know why Ann tolerates your sexual harassment, but be clear please, that I don't.

AJ Lynch said...

Mad Man:

Five kids, successful career, financially well off, happy marriage. That is what I meant.

The things you noted cruelly or sarcastically (?) - the disabled kid, pregnant & unmarried teen daughter- that is what is called life. It's how you handle it that counts.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

Sarah's back. Pulls it out for Saxby.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

tits

Lem said...

A Subliminal Palin Post ;)

you are here to talk Palin

Palin palin palin palin.

substitute blog with palin

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

I am finding myself somewhat attracted to you Synova.

In a non threatening, non sexual, plutonic kind of way.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

Is there a statement from Ludacris yet?

How demoralizing for Ludacris.

MadisonMan said...

Krylobite, please don't agree with me. It makes me feel like I'm sharing an airport bathroom with Larry Craig and you're tapping your foot way too much.

The things you noted cruelly or sarcastically (?) - the disabled kid, pregnant & unmarried teen daughter- that is what is called life. It's how you handle it that counts.

I only point out an obvious fact: Few mothers would wish what has happened to Sarah Palin on their own daughters. I'm not sure why it's cruel to point that out. Highlighting the cruel things that can happen, things I don't want my daughter to experience? Why wish difficulty on your children? You say you meant just the good things -- well, that's not Sarah Palin, then, is it?

Lem said...

Maddow says "Chambliss is the winter".

The winter of her discontent I'm sure.

MadisonMan said...

And to answer the question: So can Al Franken stop trying to steal the election in Minnesota, that begs the question: When did he start trying to steal it?

Him, Al Franken.

AJ Lynch said...

Mad Man:

You can be an obstinate liberal ass sometimes.

jayne_cobb said...

I actually was less interested about what this meant in regards to the current situation and more about what it hinted at for 2010.

When viewing the numbers it was all but certain that he would win, as he had about 49% of the vote to his opponent's 46% (Martin would have needed a much higher turn out than before, would have needed to capture nearly all of the remaining 5%, or Chambliss' support would have had to crater).

No, what is interesting to me is that without Obama on the ballot Chambliss gained roughly 10 more points and Martin ended up roughly 5 points lower (I think he previously was at 46).

Yes, those who voted for Chambliss probably had a greater motivation (the filibuster and all that); but a swing of this many points still seems rather striking to me.

AlphaLiberal said...

MM, it's an article of faith. Don't get your hopes up for some facts and logic.

AlphaLiberal said...

AJ Lynch makes my point:
"You can be an obstinate liberal ass sometimes."

Truly a masterpiece of logic.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

We lost Martinez today but we kept Saxby. All and all not a bad day.

On a personal level I had very strategic senior level meetings with key opinion leaders within my organization that are going to be felt around the globe in the coming weeks.

The shocking thing is that a republican actually won Georgia. Mind blowing. But you can definitely see the tide is already changing.

Verso said...

I bet most mothers look at Palin and wish their own daughters will be lucky enough to have a life like Palin's for themselves.

You mean most mothers would be happy if their daughters were happily married, governor of their state, and adored by millions?

Truly a revelation!

Dust Bunny Queen said...

And I thought it was bad living in California.....I bow to Minnesota's ineptitude and out-right crassness and clownishness of elected officials.

/bow

With Franken as a serious contender, Minnesota is the political equivalent of the cherry on a clown sundae **

** I admit, I stole this imagery from someone else on 'teh' internets....I believe, someone on this blog.

Verso said...

I bet most mothers look at Obama and wish their own sons will be lucky enough to have a life like Obama's for themselves.

Krylobite said...

Hey, MadMan, I agree with you!
Mebbie you don't like to see your oh-so-thoughtful opinions expressed by the vulgar likes of me, eh?

It sucks when they let in the hoi polloi.

Verso said...

Unproven statement:

"Franken is *trying* to stealing the election..."

Another unproven statement:

"rcocean blows goats."

Lem said...

Unproven statement:

Obama stands for change.

Verso said...

Titus said, Saxby is a true patriot. Four deferments from Vietnam and ran against a man that lost his arms and legs in Vietnam and in the last election called him unpatriotic.

ROFL.

That's how Republicans roll, baby. That's how Republicans roll.

All hate, all the time. Balls the size of melons. Nice to see them in the minority.

AlphaLiberal said...

Freeman Hunt:
I would be awful if those "votes" weren't counted.

Ew, someone's Freudian slip is showing.

Michael_H said...

In'nit weird that Chablis is a district in Burgundy and that most of the wine from that district is Chardonnay?

Weird, indeed. What's more weird is that the status of my 401(k) has elevated Three Buck Chuck to the level of fine '02 Chateau d’Armailhac Bordeaux. I weep.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Sarah's back. Pulls it out for Saxby.

Tutus interruptus.....very unsatisfactory.

You need to work on this.

Verso said...

Saxby is big old fag hater too. Absolutely love Saxby.

ROFL again. That's what blows my mind. I actually know people who have gay children and still rally behind the likes of Saxby Chamblis and the rest of the foul Republican Party. What kind of parents would vote for a party that hates their children, calls them "perverted and sick," and wants them relegated to 2nd class status, if not prosecuted?

And everyone here knows that there is widespread Republican support for prosecution of homosexuality for various gay practices. Just look at the outrage about Lawrence v. Texas among the kind of people who like Sarah Palin.

Verso said...

Remember comments like this, Ann, when you wonder why people accuse you of "leaning" right.

Yeah. And compare this to her reaction to Bush v. Gore and all the other shenanigans from Florida.

AlphaLiberal said...

AJ Lynch:

I don't think there are any Blue Dog Dems in the Senate. That is a House term for a loosely affiliated group of Dem congress members.

I give you Ben Nelson. (No, really, take him, please!) He wakes up in a cold sweat every night shaking in fear that a Republican criticized him.

Maybe it's not as organized in the Senate, but they've got their conservative Dems. Too many.

Catharine said...
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Dust Bunny Queen said...

What kind of parents would vote for a party that hates their children, calls them "perverted and sick," and wants them relegated to 2nd class status, if not prosecuted?

Are you delusional? No one says those things. If you want to take an example, let's look at the arch evil republican Cheney family who has their lesbian daugher Lynn chained up in the basement....oooh my bad. They love their daughter and support her lifestyle.....quietly, soberly, and with love.

And everyone here knows that there is widespread Republican support for prosecution of homosexuality for various gay practices. Just look at the outrage about Lawrence v. Texas among the kind of people who like Sarah Palin.

Ummmm. Yeah.. and everyone knows (snicker) that the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are secretly pedophiles....give me a fucking break.

Freeman Hunt said...

** I admit, I stole this imagery from someone else on 'teh' internets....I believe, someone on this blog.

Ha. I'll gladly share it, especially when used so well. (And technically, it's not the same because I wrote "crazytown sundae.")

AlphaLib, my typo makes no sense as a Freudian slip. Try again.

Verso said...

MM said, "You say you meant just the good things -- well, that's not Sarah Palin, then, is it?"

Yes, you nailed it. They never knew or cared about the real Sarah Palin. You can tell because they fell madly in love with her before they even knew anything about her. All they knew about Palin, back on that first day when Ann was sobbing and feeling chills, could have fit on a 3x5 card:

-white
-fertile
-conservative
-rural
-pure (uncontaminated by liberalism or vice)

That was it. A cultural totem for McCain to wave around to mesmerize the Republican base. And, man! Did it work like a charm. Er, like a totem.

To this day Palin, like Joe the Plumber, is nothing more than a symbol for the simplest Republican notions.

Krylobite said...

Unproven statement: Al Frnanken is funny.
Hey!  That's a typo. I'm letting it stand.  It's funnier than the real Al Frnanken.
Can an ex-vomedian get elected to the Senate?
Oops! Another typo.

Verso said...

I said, "could have fit on a 3x5 card:

-white
-fertile
-conservative
-rural
-pure"

Oh, Jesus, I forgot "evangelical Christian."

How could have have forgotten what is arguably Palin's 2nd most important symbolic trait, second only to her whiteness.

Catharine said...

Verso said: "I bet most mothers look at Obama and wish their own sons will be lucky enough to have a life like Obama's for themselves.

Really? At which stage? (And do we discount some of the very things which Obama himself lamented in his books?) Did you read his books, Verso?

Verso said: "I bet most mothers look at Obama and wish their own sons will be lucky enough to have a life like Obama's for themselves.

It's not reasonable to count ascending to the presidency in that equation: Obama's only #4[4], after all. Pretty much NOBODY'S mother's child gets to be prez of the ol' US of A. God help us if that dream becomes widespread among mothers in any way that could negatively affect the way they bring up their kids.

Freeman Hunt said...

Yeah, we were all so totally into her 'whiteness'... What on Earth are you talking about?

Pogo said...

Franken will lose the recount and sue or expect the Senate to intervene and hand it to him, Al Franken, the guy who borrowed money from the NY Boys and Girls club and then it went broke and closed because he, Al Franken, never paid it back.

John Stodder said...

How 'bout this: "Franken is challenging perfectly legitimate votes in order to hold down his opponent's total."

However, Coleman is doing the same.

I think they're both trying to steal the election. I think it's absurd how both parties act as if they're the innocent victims of the other party's evil plot when it comes to a contested election.

In a tie election, which this was, both parties sally forth with their evillest, more amoral and light-fingered lawyers. They battle it out and one side wins. Nobody's hands are clean. We saw that clearly in 2000 in Florida. The Supreme Court stepped in primarily to stop the stealing, stop Florida from forever discrediting the democratic process.

It's a lot less important what happens in Minnesota since Obama moved so far to the right. We're in for some moderate Democratic leadership over the next two years.

However, it is probably the death knell for card check and cap-and-trade, both dicey prospects to start with. Both were legislation that would have had to be passed quickly with minimal debate, early in the first year. Now proponents will have to wait at least four years.

jdeeripper said...

Verso said...I bet most mothers look at Obama and wish their own sons will be lucky enough to have a life like Obama's for themselves.

I bet most mothers look at Obama and say I wouldn't mind getting pregnant at 17 out of wedlock by an older married man of another race, religion and nationality who will abandon me and my child within a few years and in my early 50s die a horrible death due to uterine cancer as long as my child grows up to be viewed as the savior of humanity and becomes the President of the United States with only minimal qualifications by raising nearly one billion dollars and being the Chosen Child of the world media and becoming a multimillionaire with a wife and two healthy daughters all before turning 50 years old.

On the other hand if he gets his head blown off on live TV with a clarity that makes the Zapruder film look like a cave painting maybe not.

Verso said...
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chickenlittle said...

I propose a toast to the checks and balances in the American political system.

Krylobite said...

John Stodder, Stop trying to confuse us with thoughtful comments!
We want red meat around here!
And we're really into the Whiteness of Sarah Pale'un.

Freeman Hunt said...

Verso wrote: Maybe if she lived in a small, conservative town like I do, she would have thought twice about supporting the Party of Hate when she saw gay bashing bumper stickers on one car after another as she travelled around town.

Again, what are Earth are you talking about? I live in an extremely conservative town, and I've never seen a single anti-gay bumper sticker. And I was paying close attention to bumper stickers in 2004 because mine kept getting ripped off of my car. Therefore, I find your story very hard to believe.

Verso said...

Dust Bunny said, Are you delusional? No one says those things.

Um, wow. You don't know your fellow travellers very well. I know you're more from the libertarian wing of the party, rather than the lunatic Christian wing (note: not all Christians are lunatics; "lunatic Christian" refers to a subset of all Christians) of the party. But still you must know that those types are the most powerful and numerous constituency in the Republican Party.


If you want to take an example, let's look at the arch evil republican Cheney family who has their lesbian daughter Lynn chained up in the basement....oooh my bad. They love their daughter and support her lifestyle.....quietly, soberly, and with love.

Very quietly. I'm glad they quietly accept and love their daughter; it is to their credit. But it's revolting that Cheney was instrumental in leading the Christian Jihad against gay people that characterized the 2004 election -- the months long festival of hatred and scapegoating of gay people that was whipped up coast-to-coast that year

While Ann was stuck in her little liberal bubble of Madison, she probably never saw the millions of gay bashing bumper stickers slapped on cars all over America that year. Maybe if she lived in a small, conservative town like I do, she would have thought twice about supporting the Party of Hate when she saw gay bashing bumper stickers on one car after another as she travelled around town.

Part of the reason a lot of people think Ann is conservative is because in that year, when gay people were thrown to the crazed masses as the national punching bag, she lent them her voice, and her support.

Freeman Hunt said...
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Freeman Hunt said...

I posted that you deleted the comment I referred to, but now I see that it's reappeared. My response is above it.

Krylobite said...

jdeeripper, Jesus! You're a sick bastard! Don't say those things.

I propose a toast to the chicks in blouses in the American Poliktical Symptom.

Damn typos. I just washed my hands, and can't do a thing with them.

Verso said...

Freeman Hunt said, Again, what are Earth are you talking about? I live in an extremely conservative town, and I've never seen a single anti-gay bumper sticker. And I was paying close attention to bumper stickers in 2004 because mine kept getting ripped off of my car. Therefore, I find your story very hard to believe.

I spend fair amounts of time in a number of small towns: the ones where I live (Michigan), where my dad lives (Michigan), where my brother lives (Ohio), and, finally, where I have friends (in Kentucky). And in all of those places I saw a variety of different anti-gay bumper stickers. I'm quite surprised that you saw none in your town. Not sure where you live, though. Maybe if it's an ultra-red state or location, people would figure the point was moot -- no need to preach to the choir when everyone agrees with you. But then, Kentucky is pretty darn red. Ohio and Michigan less so.

Verso said...

Lem said, Unproven statement:

Obama stands for change.


I have to admit, Lem, I'm happy to see you guys running with this "Obama is a cautious, moderate pragmatist, and not a scary radical extremist like we (and Palin) said before the election."

That works. Keep that up for 4 years and maybe Obama can get reelected with 60% of the vote.

jdeeripper said...

Verso said...To this day Palin, like Joe the Plumber, is nothing more than a symbol for the simplest Republican notions.

To this day Palin, like Joe the Plumber, is nothing more than a symbol for the simplest White Liberal Democrat prejudices.

-white
-fertile
-conservative
-rural
-pure

Oh, Jesus, I forgot "evangelical Christian."


In other words a list of America's Sins to be redeemed by electing Obama.

From White racism to black redemption, from White sin to black salvation, from being born a White woman to giving birth to a black boy.

That was what Hope and Change were all about to many people.

Freeman Hunt said...

Verso, I live in Northwest Arkansas. My extremely conservative town (Springdale) is right next to an extremely liberal town (Fayetteville), so there are all kinds of bumper stickers around. Again, I've never seen an anti-gay bumper sticker.

jdeeripper said...

Verso said...I spend fair amounts of time in a number of small towns: the ones where I live (Michigan), where my dad lives (Michigan), where my brother lives (Ohio), and, finally, where I have friends (in Kentucky). And in all of those places I saw a variety of different anti-gay bumper stickers.

You never saw any anti-gay bumper stickers.

What you saw were bumper stickers that said "McCainPalin" or "Support Our Troops" or "Jesus Saves" or "I Love my Dog and Gun more than my Wife" and in your paranoid White liberal psychosis you saw gays and blacks and Jews and hippies being marched into gas chambers or lined up to be shot.

Romney/Palin 2012

Verso said...

jderipper said, On the other hand if he gets his head blown off on live TV with a clarity that makes the Zapruder film look like a cave painting maybe not.

Hey, is "jdeeripper" shorthand for "Jack the Ripper"?

As in, the serial killer?

Kind of a creepy post from a guy who names himself after a serial killer.

Lisa said...

Althouse, did you cry about Bush stealing the election during the 2000 recount?

jdeeripper said...

Krylobite said...jdeeripper, Jesus! You're a sick bastard! Don't say those things.

I'm not a bastard. My mother was married in her senior year at Goucher and gave birth to me 2 years later.

Verso said...Hey, is "jdeeripper" shorthand for "Jack the Ripper"?

As in, the serial killer?

Kind of a creepy post from a guy who names himself after a serial killer.


No. jdeeripper is in honor of one of the greatest Generals of all time.

Verso said...

Yeah, we were all so totally into her 'whiteness'... What on Earth are you talking about?

Well, given that there are currently zero black Republicans in the federal government (unless I'm forgetting one), and given that the Republican vote is >90% white, it's fair to say that being white is an essential requirement for a Republican political candidate. Granted, there have been a half dozen or so black Republicans elected in the last twenty years or so, so it's not impossible for Republicans to vote for blacks. It's just that it's exceedingly improbable.

Did you know that in Mississippi and Alabama, only 10% and 11% (respectively) of whites voted for Barack Obama?

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Krylobite said...

Ah yes! The famous General This Video is No Longer Available.
They've got an army of those over at YuToob these days.

Krylobite said...

Yes, but I'm not telling.

AlphaLiberal said...

Krylobite:
I propose a toast to the chicks in blouses in the American Poliktical Symptom.

Oh, that's good. i raise my glass.

Seven Machos said...

zero black Republicans in the federal government

I wish I could just make stuff up that suited me whenever I want. It would make arguing so much easier.

You know what? I think I am going to start.

Verso is a cannibal who enjoys having sex with dead people, dead animals, and small children. Verso also tortures Republicans in a secret chamber in his basement.

Seven Machos said...

Lisa -- Did you cry? Because if you did, that's pussy.

AlphaLiberal said...

7 machos tees one up:


I wish I could just make stuff up that suited me whenever I want. It would make arguing so much easier.

You know what? I think I am going to start.


What? You stopped?

jayne_cobb said...

Wasn't winning the presidency and both houses supposed to cause most of the trolls to calm down and stop being such, you know, assholes?


And Verso, did you know that in the entire US 95+% of blacks all voted for Obama?

So clearly, using your logic white republicans in Mississippi and Alabama are less racist than black democrats throughout this entire nation.

AlphaLiberal said...

Lisa asks:
Althouse, did you cry about Bush stealing the election during the 2000 recount?

Some days I think if Ann really is a liberal, she's the self-loathing type. So she probably thought the country had it coming.

BTW, saw the movie Recount over the weekend. A good watch, though it makes James Baker look like a human being.

Seven Machos said...

Ideas for anti-gay bumper stickers:

Gay people suck. Every day.

Impeach Tracy Chapman Now!

Gay people take it in the ass.

Don't blame me. I voted for that God Hates fags guy.

Better straight than effimi-NATE

Adolph Hitler was a flaming homo. Coincidence?

Krylobite said...

You should see the rest of my typos sometime.

AlphaLiberal said...

Jayne, you're hurling insults in your first paragraph, like most cons.

But, noooooo, it's the libs who are "assholes." (Because we know any liberals/Dems posting on the internet anywhere outside their blogs are "trolls").

Hello? McFly? Anyone home?

Twisted shit.

AlphaLiberal said...

Seven Machos, do you also think Mallard Fillmore is funny?

jdeeripper said...

Verso said...Well, given that there are currently zero black Republicans in the federal government (unless I'm forgetting one),

Condi Rice and Clarence Thomas are not considered "authentically black" so maybe you're right.

and given that the Republican vote is >90% white, it's fair to say that being white is an essential requirement for a Republican political candidate.

Not a logical deduction. Given that 95-99% of the blacks wont vote Republican it's fair to say that being black is an essential requirement for getting the black vote. Or if you are White make it clear that you will protect the black folks from the other White Devil in the election.

Granted, there have been a half dozen or so black Republicans elected in the last twenty years or so, so it's not impossible for Republicans to vote for blacks. It's just that it's exceedingly improbable.

But blacks are free to vote for a black Republican candidate when they challenge a black Democrat. When they do that you will have black Republicans in place of the current black Democrats in Congress. It's not the fault of White Republicans that blacks wont do that.

Did you know that in Mississippi and Alabama, only 10% and 11% (respectively) of whites voted for Barack Obama?

What percentage of blacks in those states voted for McCain?

White Americans have no more obligation to vote for black candidates that blacks have to vote for White candidates.

Unless ,again, the narrative involves White Americas need to "atone" for the Sin of Whiteness. Which is of course a view shared by both White liberals and black bigots.

You don't have to be as far out as Bill Ayers or Louis Farrakhan to basically hold those views.

Ralph said...

a daughter pregnant by a knuckle-dragger with a room temperature IQ.
Were Levi's grades released to the media? Will no one defend his hotness, regardless of brain power? Ladies? Titus?

Krylobite said...

That's an evil lie that Adolf Hitler was a homo. Eva Braun was hot. I wished I was that hot.
But not, you know, like with gasoline.

AlphaLiberal said...

Well, now I'm really going to bed. But I want you guys to promise you'll run Sarah Palin again in 2012. Please?

Seven Machos said...

Not really, Alpha. As an obscure, self-made vice-presidential candidate from New York, he strikes me as very similar to Sarah Palin.

I think the Compromise of 1850 was obviously doomed to fail, and not at all humorous. I do think the University of Buffalo is kind of funny, though, in its own way.

Krylobite said...

They learned Sister Sarah a thing or two. She's not runnin in '12 or anytime. Thar's chicken wire in that glass celing!

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

I just finished watching Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education.

That film is one of my favorites.

Pedro is a genious.

The music is amazing.

Krylobite said...

But not only does our Sarah drop babies, but she also lays golden eggs as far as Republican fundraising is concerned.
Despite that nasty lump on the top of her head, look for Sister Sarah behind a rubber chicken at a GOP event near you.
They'll even have her parachute in when she might help some R- candidate when the going gets, like, tough.
But she'll never be a candidate again for national office.
People think she's the one with the room temperature IQ. I doubt that. She's not stupid enough to want it (I think).

Donna B. said...

Oh goody, the race and class wars aren't over!

I have never in my entire life (55 years) seen an anti-gay bumper sticker. Granted, I've never been to Wisconsin or New England.

I have spent plenty of time amongst "lunatic Christian Republican" southerners. I have driven from California to S. Carolina through the southern states more than once... and I repeat, I have never seen an anti-gay bumper sticker.

I would have noticed and been appalled. The only thing I have been disappointed in is that I've noticed that gays are not much, if any, better than straights when it comes to "spousal" abuse.

zeek said...

Verso said...
One of the reasons the overwhelming majority of people identify Ann as a conservative is because she makes ridiculous "Franken is stealing the election" statements that have no basis in reality.


I know. If Ann keeps this up I'm going to have to stop being aroused by watching her in her videos. As Bill Maher asked about Britney Spears, "Can you un-mastrubate to somebody?"

John Stodder said...

Part of the reason a lot of people think Ann is conservative is because in that year (2004), when gay people were thrown to the crazed masses as the national punching bag, she lent them her voice, and her support.

What??? The 2004 election was about gays???? And that's why Ann ended up voting for Bush? She "lent" gay-bashers "her voice?" Ridiculous. She explained with crystal clarity that her vote was 100 percent about homeland security and Iraq.

I recall the 2004 election being primarily about Iraq, Kerry's "global test," Bush's conduct of the war on terror, Bush's Social Security plan, Kerry's flip-flops, Bush's National Guard service, Kerry's Vietnam record and Jenjis Kahn, taxes and health care.

The only gay-baiting that stands out in my memory was when Kerry and Edwards pressed the point that Cheney's daughter was a lesbian in a transparent attempt to freak out the Republican base. Bush's comments on gays were standard-issue tolerance while opposing gay marriage. But since Kerry also opposed gay marriage, there wasn't an issue there.

There seems to be an obsession here with redefining the '04 election as a right-wing hate fest. The facts aren't there to support that characterization. And, as Prop 8 in California shows, liberal Obama voters are just as capable of voting down gay civil rights as any religious fundamentalist.

Seven Machos said...

All elections that Republicans win are, by definition, right-wing hate fests. The 2010 election will be a right-wing hate fest, with all kinds of talk about racial backlash. Wait and see.

Here's the thing about gays: Most people don't care about them. Sure, there's a small minority of people who, for whatever reason, get hot and bothered about gay people. But they are balanced out by the actual gays themselves.

No, most people just want gays, straights, and everyone else to live their sexual lives quietly. We don't want to know.

As for Kerry, he was a terrible, terrible candidate. Worse than Gore. The fact that Kerry was the best the Democrats could do merely shows how barren our politics is these days, across the board.

Darcy said...

I've lived in Michigan my whole life, and I've never seen an anti-gay bumper sticker on any vehicle here. Ever. What an ugly smear on Michiganders, Verso.

On the other hand, I see Bush hate bumper stickers every damn day. Every day.

Verso said...

The Unbearable Whiteness of Republicans....

I just happened to stumble across this hilarious old post from that lunatic blog, Flopping Aces. But it makes the point: Whiteness was an essential and central part of the McCain / Palin election strategy, and the Republican campaign to destroy Barack Obama:

The Michelle Obama Whitey Tape Update: New Anti-Obama Site Owner Says He Heard Tape

Republicans. Wonder not why black people vote in droves for Democrats.

Seven Machos said...

Verso -- Why don't you like white people?

Eric said...

Give it up, Freeman. You're never gonna convince Verso he wouldn't see all sorts of anti-gay bumper stickers if he managed to leave his mother's basement.

Eric said...

Republicans. Wonder not why black people vote in droves for Democrats.

So tell me, Verso, since black people are so one-dimensional, why did they vote heavily in favor of California's proposition 8?

jdeeripper said...

Darcy said...I've lived in Michigan my whole life, and I've never seen an anti-gay bumper sticker on any vehicle here. Ever. What an ugly smear on Michiganders, Verso.

Verso didn't see any anti-gay bumper stickers either.

He just saw lots of White Americans in cars and found all that "Whiteness" to be unbearable and went into a psychotic trance.

John Althouse Cohen said...

So can Al Franken stop trying to steal the election in Minnesota?

How is he stealing the election? Also, 60 is an arbitrary number -- every Senate seat matters.

AllenS said...

Some people are upset about this:

Ann says..."So can Al Franken stop trying to steal the election in Minnesota?"

Methinks that she has her tongue in cheek.

Big Mike said...

Note for JAC, Verso, AlphaLiberal, AllenS, and no doubt a number of others I've skipped over.

Bunches of votes suddenly turn up, and, interestingly, they're all for one candidate and zero for the other guy in an election that went essentially 50-50. From a pure mathematical perspective calling this suspicious doesn't begin to describe it. That it happened once is not totally implausible, particularly given the left-of-Joe-Stalin Iron Range area of Minnesota. That it keeps happening over and over is an insult to everyone's intelligence (at least if you stayed awake during algebra).

Suppose you invented special glasses that let you see through the back of cards and immediately headed off to Las Vegas. If you don't take care to lose at least a few hands, you're going to get escorted out of the casinos with great vigor. Likewise, if the Minnesota Democrats had enough intelligence to come in out of the snow they'd find small caches of uncounted ballots that go narrowly for Coleman. But they don't and so they don't -- it's all Franken all the time.

Tell Barack Obama to leave his Chicago-style elections in Chicago, where they stink bad enough as it is.

American Liberal Elite said...

"Remember comments like this, Ann, when you wonder why people accuse you of "leaning" right. "

I think the Perfesser enjoys throwing a meaty bone into the piranha tank from time to time.

downtownlad said...

Bunches of votes suddenly turn up, and, interestingly, they're all for one candidate and zero for the other guy in an election that went essentially 50-50.

Do you always make shit up like that? There were lots of votes for Coleman in these ballots. Lots of votes for the Independent guy too. 171 ballots found, and Franken picked up 37.

Actually, they weren't newly found. They were always there. But the machine wasn't reading them. That's why they have recounts.

And they should count the absentee ballots too. Who knows - maybe they are Coleman votes.

Count every vote. That's democracy.

Henry said...

Verso wrote: One of the reasons the overwhelming majority of people identify Ann as a conservative is because she makes ridiculous "Franken is stealing the election" statements..."

Verso, take a look at this.

You're Curly. Ann's Moe.

Big Mike said...

downtownlad, the latest batch of "discovered" votes is how to cheat right. You "find" 171 votes in a county that went 3:2 for Franken, and 145 of those votes break 91:54 for Franken, slightly worse than his overall ratio in the county but nevertheless adding to his total.

On November 6th Precinct #1 in the Iron Range suddenly "found" 100 uncounted votes that broke 100:0 for Franken. The 100 ballots made up 1/5 of the total votes recorded in that precinct and overall the votes broke 2:1 for Franken. This one really was insulting.

All the latest "discovered" ballots from Ramsey county show me is that the Democrats' cheating is getting slightly more sophisticated after all. I presume Mayor Daley sent some people up to Minneapolis to provide advice.

TosaGuy said...

About those 171 "found" ballots. I have worked at a polling site in WI and at the end of election night the number of ballots issued has to match the number of ballots run through the machine (absentees are also in both counts) so it should be impossible to "find" 171 ballots 3 weeks after the election. One would think it would be the same in MN.

With regard to the anti-gay bumper stickers....haven't seen any and the people making the claim never state what is said on the bumper sticker...they only accusations based upon the stereotypes they hold.

CPAJen said...

I'm still curious about all the anit-gay stickers in Michigan. I live in a small town in Michigan and have lived here my whole life and have never ever ever seen an anti-gay bumper sticker. I'd love to know exactly what it said.

Big Mike said...

Correction. 91:54 is ten votes for Franken votes better than Franken's overall ratio over Coleman in Ramsey county. But it's close and so my characterization of it as how to cheat "right" stands.

Hmmm. Maybe we can call "newly discovered" uncounted ballots for Franken "Franken-votes." Like Frankenstein's monster, only more ugly.

montana urban legend said...

John,

Thanks for clarifying that for the GOP, mere "tolerance" of gays is to be considered the ultimate gesture of decency, and that any discussion of their civil rights is one they'd prefer to avoid - as long as it doesn't involve a constitutional amendment in something other than the affirmative.

As far as conservative gay-bashing goes, I don't go out of my way to remember any specific bumper stickers or where such bumper stickers might be more prevalent. But they sure love to go out of their way to come into cities with big signs featuring fire and brimstone graphics that say "God Hates Fags!" They love that shit. I see it at least once every year. I've seen it in major cities (>1,000,000) and large cities (>100,000), in the Midwest and in the Northeast. Nothing like getting one's voice heard, I suppose.

Of course, a lot of people seem to be using this thread to deny that others could actually, get this, have personal experiences that differ from their own. So I'm not sure how much of a challenge I should expect for merely stating my own observations.

dick said...

Verso,

What amazes me is that parents support a party that panders to their gay children and then kicks them to the curb the minute the election is over and passes legislation that denies them rights. Check out the DADT and DOMA bills and the fact that the group in California that voted most strongly in favor of Prop 8 was the Democratic voting blacks and Hispanics.

How many times do the gays have to get kicked in the head by the politicians like the Clintons and the Kerrys and the rest of the Democrats before they wise up to how they are considered by them; just like the blacks, a reliable voting group that you can pander to and then ignore.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Maybe if she lived in a small, conservative town like I do, she would have thought twice about supporting the Party of Hate when she saw gay bashing bumper stickers on one car after another as she travelled around town.

Then it sounds like your town sucks and is full of bigots. I suggest you move. I live in a very small conservative town ( A rural resort area. Less than 700 people live in the town itself and about 8000 in the surrounding areas. The population swells during the 'seasons' for fly fishing, golfing, skiing, or hunting...you can't get much smaller than that).

The reddest of rednecks live here and this section of the county generally votes 85% Republican. I have never seen any anti gay bumper stickers in my life. We did see a few Yes on 8 yard signs.

There are several gay couples who live in our little burg and are widely accepted as business leaders, in the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and are welcome guests at social functions. One lesbian couple has a very landscaping business and one partner is the high school girl's basketball coach and baseball coach. No one cares that she is lesbian, because she doesn't flaunt her sexual preferences and is professional.....plus.....the teams win!!!

Seriously, get a grip and stop trying to look at everything through the prism of your sexuality.

Shanna said...

I've noticed that gays are not much, if any, better than straights when it comes to "spousal" abuse.
Melrose Place had a very touching story where Matt was a victim of gay domestic violence back in the day.

On topic, maybe it’s not fair to blame Al Franken for stealing the election, since we have no idea if he is involved. But when random democrats are finding 100 votes in their car that weren’t there during the official count, well, color me suspicious.

Anti-Gay bumper stickers? Hogwash. Maybe that’s a northern thing, if so, because I’ve never seen them in the south.

Henry said...

They love that shit.

Who is this "they" you refer to?

montana urban legend said...

"Who is this "they" you refer to?"

Are you taking this personally? Are you worried about the possibility of identifying with such people? I suppose I could hire private investigators to uncover further detail on the weekend bible thumpers who come into cities and proclaim God's hatred for 'fags', but I really don't have that kind of time on my hands. Or interest. Or apparently the same sense of obscurity about these people that others have.

Krylobite said...

I suppose if you look hard enough for something, you'll find it.
Now, were is that damn sack of gold American Eagles I've been looking for??
I always look for the good in everything.

Krylobite said...

Although it's pretty hard to find it in this particular thread.

Alex said...

Verso is simply Alpha Liberal's replacement troll. Alpha needs a vacation, you see.

Duscany said...

If blacks had turned out for Martin the way they did for last month's election when Obama was on the ticket the run-off race might have been a lot closer. And that raises the question, why Obama didn't show up?

Was it Obama's knowledge that blacks weren't going to rush to the polls just to choose between two white men, so why squander his political capital?

Trooper York said...

Hey can we call Senator Chambliss
"The Great" now?

Trooper York said...

Obscure F Scott Fitzgerald referance to those of you scoring at home.

Trooper York said...

Wait, if you were scoring at home you wouldn't be staring at a computer screen. For those of you following at home.

Fixed.

OldGrouchy said...

Wait, Trooper York has gone over to the dark side. Does the Colonel know?

Freeman Hunt said...

Re: the "God Hates Fags" people

That's Fred Phelps and his followers. Guess what? He's not conservative. Try again, Montana.