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GQ came out with an article called "the 20 Craziest Politicians Alive."  http://www.gq.com/...  17 Republicans and 3 Democrats (and Joe Biden was number 20 just because he wants to run for president again but more on GQ's choices later).   One of GQ's editors was on Morning Joe on MSNBC to talk about the article.  And then Joe Scarborough chimed in . . .

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THE craziest GOP Politician

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Five or six years ago, I somehow got added to a GOP mailing list (probably as a joke by a friend).   My mailbox does not fill up with letters from every teabagger group or GOP candidate, but I occasionally get a missive from one of their ilk.   Yesterday, I received  "Critical 2014 Illinois Voter Information" from Jim Oberweis, who helpfully informs me that he is the "Republican nominee for the United States Senate here in Illinois and I am running to unseat the ultra-liberal career politician, Dick Durbin."  For those of you not from Illinois, Jim Oberweis is a right wing Republican perennial candidate for office.  He's run for senator, governor, congress, using the fortune he made from the family dairy/ice cream business.  He finally won a state senate seat in the last election.

His letter then goes on for SIX PAGES (when does he think your average ultra-conservative took the time to read any document of that length) telling me in italics, underlines and ALL CAPS of the parade of horribles that will result of "ULTRA-LIBERAL Dick Durbin" is re-elected.  But the real gem was the "2014 Illinois U.S. Senate Candidate Comparison Survey" that was enclosed.  Follow me below the fold about this fascinating piece of hyperbole.

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Do you agree with ultra-liberal U.S. Senator Dick Durbin or Conservative Republican Jim Oberweis on the vital issues of the day?

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Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:01 AM PST

Dan Lipinski for Vatican Ambassador!!

by louisxiv

The Chicago Tribune reported today that Miguel Diaz has resigned as the United States' ambassador to the Vatican.  One of the names being floated as his replacement is Congressman Dan Lipinski of Illinois.  As a progressive committed to electing new and better Democrats, I think this would be an excellent appointment for President Obama to make.  We would get rid of one of Congress' worst remaining Blue Dogs and have a chance to elect a much more progressive Democrat to take his place.

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I'm a pretty regular MSNBC watcher and I keep seeing an ad by Andrea Mitchell where she makes it clear she is against attempts to supress voting.  While this is laudable, she starts out by saying that "political parties and interest groups" are working to keep people from voting.    This is a lie and unfairly smears the Democratic Party with the exclusively GOP efforts to suppress voting.  I've emailed Andrea and MSNBC a few times to complain about this but the ad keeps running.  

Tonight, on Hardball, Chris Mathews also took on voter suppression efforts by GOP state legislatures and at least made it clear that this was solely a Republican effort to suppress voting.  I emailed Chris and asked him to talk to his own network and colleague Andrea to stop maligning the Democratic Party by falsely accusing it of participating in these reprehensible efforts.  I hope you will join me in contacting MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell to complain about the use of "parties" in her commercial.  Attacking efforts to suppress voting is great but wrongly saying that "parties" are working to do it is simply wrong.

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Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 09:52 AM PDT

Illinois GOTV Bad News and Good News

by louisxiv

I've been involved in a variety of GOTV activities for the Illinois Democratic candidates - phone banking, door-to-door, personal appeals to friends, facebook friends, etc.  My contacts reveal there is some bad news and good news for Illinois' Democratic candidates.

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Who will win Illinois' Senate and Governor's races?

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Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 12:42 PM PDT

Chicago Tribune Endorses Obama

by louisxiv

This is another big sign of an impending Obama tidal wave.  The Chicago Tribune, that bastion of big time Republicanism, has endorsed Barack Obama for President.  

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Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 07:19 AM PDT

Chicago Trib Says It's Palin

by louisxiv

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that two highly placed Republican sources have stated that Alaska governor Sarah Palin is John McCain's choice for vice president.

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Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 07:53 AM PDT

MSNBC: Morning Joe Has Got To Go!

by louisxiv

I'm a huge fan of MSNBC.  I watch Olbermann every night and while Chris Matthews can really be obnoxious, I'm too much of a political junkie to miss Hardball.  The new Verdict show is not bad either.  But when it comes to the morning it's a whole different story.

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Should Morning Joe Go?

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Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 09:17 AM PDT

$200,000 Not Rich???

by louisxiv

In an article in today's N.Y. Post (noted on Politico.com), CNBC's Maria Bartiromo was quoted as saying Obama's tax policies would "bite".  In particular, she noted that the income tax is in for a hike.  "Right now [it] is 35 percent, Obama wants to take that to 39 percent . . . We're talking about people who make over $200,000. That's not rich. So it's actually going to impact more people than you may think."  If people making $200,000 are not rich then who is?

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How Much Do You Have To Make To Be Considered Rich?

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Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 08:51 AM PDT

It's Official I'm Rich

by louisxiv

I just finished doing my taxes for last year and despite having a taxable income of only $25,000, I am not eligible for one of the upcoming $600 tax rebates.  I guess that makes me officially rich.

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Obama had a pretty bad week leading up to the voting last night (the NAFTA/Canada imbroglio, Reszko's trial starting, Hillary being on Saturday Night Live and the Daily Show [and on offense the whole time it seemed like]). Then there was the "red phone" ad.  I voted for Obama on Tsumani Tuesday, but I was not all that impressed with his response to that ad.        

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Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 06:26 PM PST

Did pre-election polls hurt Obama?

by louisxiv

The polls building up to New Hampshire showed a building Obama tide, with some showing him building to a double digit lead.  But did those polls end up hurting Obama tonight?

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