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VA-LG, VA-AG: Oh yeah. This one's gonna be fun. Over the weekend, Virginia Republicans nominated hyperconservative Christian minister E.W. Jackson as their candidate for lieutenant governor, in a move almost perfectly designed to alienate moderate voters who might otherwise cast ballots for the GOP. (Jackson led in every round of voting and won on the fourth ballot at the party's convention.) Let's just say that Jackson loves hateful rhetoric and has never, ever thought to restrain himself when speaking publicly. Right Wing Watch has been all over it. Here's a small sample:

• Referred to gays and lesbians as "perverted," "degenerate," "spiritually darkened" and "frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally."

• Said regarding homosexuality: "it poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies; it brings the judgment of God unlike very few things that we can think of."

• Argued that gays seek to "sexualize [children] at the earliest possible age" and use "totalitarian" tactics.

• Argued that "liberalism and their ideas have done more to kill black folks whom they claim so much to love than the Ku Klux Klan, lynching and slavery and Jim Crow ever did, now that's a fact."

• Maintained that Obama "seems to have a lot of sympathy for even radical Islam" and argued that Obama "certainly does have a lot of affection and favor for Islam, that seems to be his priority…Christianity, I don't really think about that with him, I really don't, that's a joke."

• Compared Democratic leaders to "slave masters" who make sure that black people who disagree with them are "punished."

In fact, RWW has an entire "E.W. Jackson" tag that's filled with pages and pages of instant oppo material dating back several years. But the best may be this absolutely gonzo web video in which Jackson, handed an axe painted to resemble the American flag, slices open a watermelon adorned with the words "Federal Budget," Gallagher-style. It was something Jackson put together last year, when he finished in fourth place in Virginia's GOP Senate primary, with just 5 percent of the vote. Basically, Republicans tapped a crazy Some Dude with a penchant for incendiary lunacy as the no. 2 on their statewide ticket. Freakin' awesome.

Meanwhile, in the attorney general's contest, state Sen. Mark Obenshain narrowly defeated state Delegate Robert Bell, after gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli (who was unopposed) endorsed Obenshain. Obenshain, by the way, once introduced a bill that would have required women who miscarry "without medical attendance" to report the event to the police, or potentially face a year in prison. Obenshain later withdrew the legislation, and on Monday claimed it was never his intent to burden women who experience miscarriages in this way.

And because they weren't through giving gifts to the Democrats, Republican delegates decided they'd had so much fun that they'd hold another convention next year! That means freshman Sen. Mark Warner's opponent will get selected by the same group of people who just graced us with the likes of Cuccinelli, Jackson, and Obenshain. As Ice Cube might say, it was a good day.

House:

IL-13: Oooh. Republicans would ill be able to afford this. Last year, when GOP Rep. Tim Johnson abruptly announced his retirement after the primary, attorney and former Miss America Erika Harold was one of four finalists whom local Republicans considered as a replacement. They wound up instead going with congressional staffer Rodney Davis, who went on to win a narrow victory in November. Thanks to that tight race and the district's light blue lean, Davis is a top target for Democrats next year, and they've already recruited former judge Ann Callis to take him on.

Harold may just make Callis's task easier. That's because she's moved back to her hometown of Urbana from Chicago, fueling speculation that she wants to run for some office or another next year. Indeed, Harold promises, she'll "make an announcement regarding future political plans within a couple of weeks." That could mean any number of things, of course, but a primary challenge from the right to Davis would be music to Democratic ears. At the very least, it would sap Davis's resources, and in the best-case scenario, the more conservative Harold would prove to be an easier opponent for Callis.

MN-06: Democrat Jim Graves, who came tantalizingly close to knocking off Michele Bachmann last November, is touting a fresh internal from PPP that shows him edging the incumbent 47-45. Bachmann sports an unpleasant 44-51 favorability rating while Graves has managed to remain above water at 39-33, despite last year's bruising campaign. But will 2014 be any different? Graves put out a couple of polls showing a tight race late in the game last cycle, but MN-06's strongly Republican lean was enough to save Bachmann. This time, though, she won't be aided by a presidential race at the top of the ticket dragging out straight-ticket voters she hasn't managed to alienate yet. And no poll actually had her trailing in 2012, so this is a good start. We just have to hope that the uniquely toxic Bachmann doesn't decide to retire instead.

And what's one more government agency investigation when you've already got so many piled up? According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the FBI is now investigating the campaign finance allegations against Bachmann. That's in addition to the Federal Elections Commission, the Office of Congressional Ethics, and the Iowa state Senate, all of whom are looking into various aspects of Bachmann's failed presidential campaign. As the Strib notes, "an FBI inquiry would be unusual in a typical campaign finance case. But the controversies surrounding the Bachmann campaign have been anything but typical...." Indeed.

NY-18: Republican state Sen. Greg Ball spent much of last cycle antagonizing the hell out of then-Rep. Nan Hayworth, to the point that it looked like he really might challenge her in a primary. But I think the eccentric Ball almost enjoyed needling Hayworth for the sake of it, and he never pulled the trigger. Hayworth wound up losing in the general election anyway, to Democrat Sean Maloney, and my how things have changed. Ball has now already declared that he won't run for Congress, and in so doing, he even went out of his way to shower praise on the incumbent, saying that Maloney "and his office are to be applauded, for they have bent over backwards to mutually assist shared constituents."

Ball, though, has a re-election campaign of his own to worry about. He only barely survived a stiff challenge from Democrat Justin Wagner last year, 51-49, and could face a rematch. Maloney, meanwhile, can probably expect another go-round with Hayworth, who formed a campaign committee in anticipation of a comeback bid several weeks ago. Even running to Hayworth's right, Ball probably would have had a difficult time in a GOP primary with her. But he'll always have his very own Cracked listicle.

SC-01: According to new FEC reports, it turns out the NRCC gave $165,000 to the South Carolina Republican Party on April 15. That was just one day before Jenny Sanford's trespassing allegations became public, which then prompted the NRCC to claim they were cutting Sanford loose. They didn't directly spend on the special election after that point, but they apparently didn't ask for their money back, either. And it's also worth noting that the SC GOP paid for part of Sanford's first general election ad in the race, too.

UT-04: As expected, Saratoga Springs (pop. 18K) Mayor Mia Love will seek a rematch against the man she almost defeated in 2012, Rep. Jim Matheson. Love's loss was actually a big embarrassment for the GOP, which had dismantled Matheson's previous district and also had favorite son Mitt Romney crushing at the top of the ticket. As David Jarman has written, Matheson is the most vulnerable Democrat up for re-election next year, but sitting in a seat so red, he's actually the rare Dem who will likely benefit from the lack of presidential-year turnout. Love didn't actually run a very good campaign, by most accounts, so is it possible that last November might have been her high-water mark? I'll certainly be curious to see if the field clears for her, or if other Republican contenders try to derail her second bid.

Other Races:

ABQ Mayor: Election Day isn't until Oct. 8 in Albuquerque, but SurveyUSA already has a poll of the race, showing Republican Mayor Richard Berry already with a huge 59-17 lead over his nearest challenger, Democratic former City Councilman Pete Dinelli. A second Republican in this technically non-partisan contest, Paul Heh, takes 9 percent. Four years ago, Berry won a plurality victory as two Democrats split a majority of the vote, but now he has the advantages of incumbency working for him.

LA Mayor: In their final poll of the Los Angeles mayoral runoff, USC and the L.A. Times find City Councilman Eric Garcetti leading City Controller Wendy Greuel, a fellow Democrat, by a 48-41 margin. (The poll was conducted by M4 Strategies and Benenson Strategy Group, a Republican and Democratic firm, respectively.) USC/LAT's prior poll from a month ago offered the rosiest numbers Garcetti has seen publicly, putting him up 50-40; this lead is still his widest, but as other pollsters have found, this new data shows a tightened race.

Meanwhile, after showing a surprising surge for Greuel some weeks ago, SurveyUSA has come around to see things the USC/LAT way in their own last-minute poll. They have Garcetti ahead 49-44, up from 46-46 a week-and-a-half ago, but as you can see, their polling has really been all over the place. But I can't imagine Greuel's in good shape if she's attacking public polls without releasing contradictory numbers of her own. What's more, she lambasted the USC/LAT results as an "outlier," only to have SUSA basically back them up a day or two later. Oops.

NYC Mayor: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's campaign for the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor just received a much-needed boost, with the endorsement of 1199 SEIU, the city's largest union. But will it be a difference-maker? The only regular polling of the race has come from Quinnipiac, which has consistently shown City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the 30s and everyone else, including de Blasio, in the low teens at best. The primary is still almost four months away, but right now, everyone's goal is to keep Quinn from getting 40 percent (which would allow her to avoid a runoff) and to make sure they're the second-place finisher. It's a tall order, even with 1199's help.

Portland, OR: We've been standing here, mouths agape, as Portland, Oregon appears set to graduate from weird to crazy on Tuesday, with residents looking poised to vote down a measure to fluoridate the city's water supply—a safe, common-sense measure to thwart tooth decay that two-thirds of American citizens already benefit from. So how is it, we've wondered, that a paranoid Bircher delusion from the 1940s, memorably and brutally lampooned by Stanley Kubrick in Dr. Strangelove, has been successfully repackaged and embraced by a town known for its liberalism? Writing at Slate, Jake Blumgart has some answers to this vexing question, and I think these two paragraphs really get at the core of the issue:

"I've heard it said that the support for fluoridation is a mile wide and the passion runs an inch deep, while the opponents of fluoridation … the support isn't nearly as wide but the passions runs to the center of the Earth," says Kurt Ferre, president of the board of directors for the Creston Dental Clinic, which serves low-income children and is the only school-based clinic of its kind in Multnomah County. "The opponents are very good at raising fear, using words like chemical and industry, and there is this basic fear of change. There is a terrible fear that somehow fluoride is going to muck up our Bull Run water system." [...]

"The anti-coalition has done a really good job of putting their junk science in mainstream media and in front of people in a really aggressive way, and the pro-fluoride side has been a little too nice," says Felisa Hagins, political director of SEIU's 10,000-strong Local 49, which represents janitors, security  officers, and health care workers, among others. "We haven't called bullshit bullshit, we haven't said that the studies they keep showing, frankly, they are picking and choosing their science. Because [Healthy Kids] has been so eager to be inclusive there has been some hesitancy to do that, but that's what we need to do."

In other words, on one side, you have a determined cohort of true believers, spurred on by the sort of intense fervor that adherents of pseudoscience frequently possess, playing intensely on voters' emotions. In response, you have traditional technocratic rationalists making appeals to reason and authority. In politics, as in life, emotion often beats reason, so as disturbing as these developments in Portland may be, they are rather sadly explicable.

Seattle Mayor: The overstuffed field in the Seattle mayoral race got a big shakeup on Friday, when City Councilor Tim Burgess dropped out of the race right before the filing deadline. It's an odd decision that nobody seems to understand, since Burgess had raised the most money of any candidate, and he had a widely understood niche (the law-n-order candidate) that seemed to give him good odds at making it out of the top-two primary. (And if his opponent in the general were to be unpopular incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn, that would be tantamount to victory). But it seems like it just came down to a fire-in-the-belly issue for the sometimes-mercurial Burgess.

At any rate, SurveyUSA, on behalf of KING-TV, rushed back into the field over the weekend to look at the Burgess-less race. They found that Burgess's support didn't seem to gravitate any one particular direction, leaving ... just as they've seen before ... McGinn in first place in the primary and a multi-way pileup for contenders for that crucial second slot. McGinn clocks in at 22, followed by ex-City Councilor Peter Steinbrueck at 17, state Sen. Ed Murray at 15, and City Councilor Bruce Harrell at 12, with minor candidates Kate Martin and Charlie Staadecker at 4, and Mary Martin at 3. (David Jarman)

Special Elections: As always, Johnny Longtorso brings you the update on Tuesday's legislative action:

California SD-16: This is the seat of Democrat Michael Rubio, who resigned to take a job at Chevron. There are five candidates running in the open primary. Three are Democrats: Leticia Perez, a Kern County Supervisor; Paulina Miranda, a businesswoman; and Francisco Ramirez, a business consultant. Also running is Republican Andy Vidak, who lost 52-48 to Rep. Jim Costa in 2010, and Peace & Freedom Party candidate Mohammad Arif, an unsuccessful candidate for his party's gubernatorial nomination in 2010.

Pennsylvania HD-42: Open Democratic seat in suburban Allegheny County. Democrat Dan Miller, an attorney, Republican Dan Remely, a member of the Mt. Lebanon school board, and Libertarian George Brown, a software engineer, are the candidates.

Pennsylvania HD-95: Open Democratic seat in York. The candidates here are Democrat Kevin Schrieber, who works for the York Redevelopment Authority, Republican Bryan Tate, the former chief of staff for ex-Rep. Todd Platts, and Green Bill Swartz, who runs a property management company.

In California's SD-16, the race is really between Perez and Vidak; everyone else is a Some Dude. There's also a Dem-on-Dem special election AD-80 that should not be ignored. While nominally the outcome might not seem to matter, the two candidates are very different. Community organizer Lorena Gonzalez is the mainstream Democratic candidate and widely acknowledged frontrunner, while businessman Steve Castaneda calls himself a "fiscally conservative Democrat" and has openly run to the right. This election will restore Democrats' two-thirds majority in the state Assembly, so we definitely don't want that final vote hinging on the likes of Castaneda.

Grab Bag:

House: Daily Kos Elections is pleased to announce the return of our House Vulnerability Index, a measure that ranks incumbents of both parties in terms of how well they performed last year and how red or blue their districts are on the presidential level. It turns out that the union of these two simple metrics has done an admirable job in assessing overall vulnerability, and in 2010, it even suggested that some members who were not thought to be at serious risk, like Democrats Solomon Ortiz and Melissa Bean, might indeed tumble. The HVI can't tell you how many seats each party will lose, but it does tell you what order each side's seats are likely to fall in—or put another way, which seats you'll want to focus on most intently for next year's elections.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Tue May 21, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  It will be a very bad day in VA (15+ / 0-)

    if we don't GOTV.

    Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

    by barbwires on Tue May 21, 2013 at 05:08:11 AM PDT

  •  If only (6+ / 0-)
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    Dobber, madmojo, pademocrat, exterris, bear83, jncca

    the GOP would adopt VA's convention system nationwide.

  •  PDX Fluoridation (0+ / 0-)

    Another post about Portland, and yet even more ad hominem attacks aimed at those against fluoridation.  Wow.

  •  Democrats continue voter reg. gains in Phila. sub- (9+ / 0-)

    urbs:

    Report in today's Phila. Inquirer shows the remarkable turnaround since 2003 to 2013. Especially notable is the turnaround in Delaware County (formerly a GOP vote sink):

    Bucks County: 2003-Republican advantage 10.2%
                        2013-Democratic advantage 2.6%
    Chester County: 2003-Republican advantage 25.9%
                           2013-Republican advantage 6.9%
    Delaware County: 2003-Republican advantage 28%
                            2013-Republican advantage .01% (44.1 Democratic, 11.7 Independent, 44.2 Republican)

    Montgomery County: 2003 Republican advantage 13.9%
                                 2013 democratic advantage 7.5%

    Philadelphia County: 2003 Democratic advantage 57.8%
                                2013 Democratic advantage 66.7%.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Tue May 21, 2013 at 05:51:14 AM PDT

  •  GOP candidates need to be pinned down on whether (3+ / 0-)
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    exterris, wdrath, Gygaxian

    they support Reverend Bishop E. W. Jackson for Virginia Lieutenant Governor or not.  

    The nominee for Attorney General, state senator Obenshain, is almost as extreme - wanting to put in jail for a year women who had miscarriages and failed to report it to the police.  Sounds like Communist China, not the USA.

    Senators Cruz, Paul and Rubio and Ayotte, Gov Jindal, Rick Santorum (who works for a DC law firm and has lived in Virginia since 1995 but votes illegally in PA still), TX Gov Perry, former Gov Huntsman, Rep Bachmann, Rep Paul Ryan, Newt Gingrich - all the putative candidates for the GOP Presidential nomination in 2016 - and GOP national leaders like KY Sen McConnell, Speaker Boehner, GOP Party Chairman Reince Priebus, former Chair Michael Steele and those sweating out future primary challenges in 2014 like Sen Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, Lamar Alexander, candidate Mike Rounds in SD, maybe Sen. Tim Scott of SC, Rep Cassidy of LA (running against Mary Landrieu), Rep Tom Cotton of Arkansas - let's try to pin all of them down on whether they support the GOP crazies nominated for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General in Virginia.

  •  E.W. Jackson is a black man? Wow. (0+ / 0-)

    I couldn't believe it when I Googled him.   Wow.

    The patellar reflex is a deep tendon reflex which allows one to keep one's balance with little effort or conscious thought.

    by SpamNunn on Tue May 21, 2013 at 06:21:05 AM PDT

  •  Hardly any African-Americans are (6+ / 0-)

    Republicans, and even fewer are right-wing Republicans. Those that are seem to have a very high propensity to be certifiably insane. But since the GOP is desperate to field black candidates (See, we're not racists!), any completely demented black guy can skyrocket in the GOP simply by having a heartbeat. So we get Herman Cain, Alan Keyes, and now this cretin.

    •  Allen West for Lt gov! nt (0+ / 0-)
    •  It is a cross that must be borne, apparently, ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... by those who believe politics is all about race.

      We in Illinois were blessed in 2004 when the state's Republican Party panjandrums recruited Alan Keyes, carpetbagger from Maryland, to the Land of Lincoln, thereby to put "their black" against "our black" for the open Senate seat. In that election, it was reported, "... Obama's 43% margin of victory was the largest in the state history of U.S. Senate elections."

      May Rev. Jackson of the Exodus Faith Ministries (and former Democrat!), be the ideal candidate for Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, just as Sarah Palin was the ideal candidate for Vice President in 2008. Just a heartbeat away, folks ...

      2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Tue May 21, 2013 at 06:57:45 AM PDT

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      •  We don't claim him in Maryland (0+ / 0-)

        Apart from using him as a punchline. After all, a 4'11 in heels Polish social worker from Baltimore beat him by 42%

        •  I wrote that slur on Maryland /snark/ because... (0+ / 0-)

          ... Keyes was reputed to be a resident of Maryland when he was migrated to Illinois.

          You have evidence of how we regard African-Americans in Illinois; we send them on to higher office. If your Polish social worker is any good, send her, too. We have a sympathetic Polish population, too.

          2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

          by TRPChicago on Tue May 21, 2013 at 08:24:20 AM PDT

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      •  Republicans still seem wedded to identity politics (0+ / 0-)

        Women will vote for a woman (not when it's Sarah Palin they won't)

        People of color will vote for another person of color (Because they (especially when Hispanic) are all interchangeable.)

        If Democrats have done anything right, it is that we offer policy positions and programs that are attractive and responsive to the needs of women, people of color, etc.

        This is why Dems get charged with "giving people stuff". Yes, we offer "stuff" ... THE GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO meet people's needs.

        Help us to save free conscience from the paw Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw. ~John Donne

        by ohiolibrarian on Tue May 21, 2013 at 08:09:46 AM PDT

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        •  Yeah, all the women and the people of color, ... (0+ / 0-)

          ... they all look alike. Interchangeable, basically. You've seen one or two of 'em, you've seen 'em all.

          But Reince Preibus, well now, there's one of a kind!

          2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

          by TRPChicago on Tue May 21, 2013 at 08:26:16 AM PDT

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        •  Yes, I recall all the pundits (1+ / 0-)
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          going along with the idea that it was a brilliant coup for McCain to pick Palin because all the women disgruntled that Hillary got beaten would flock to her.

          Apparently, not one of those pundits interviewed an actual non-PUMA Hillary supporter — those who actually supported her and didn't just have a grudge against Obama, which was most of them, such as a woman I know who is a major fundraiser here and co-chaired Hillary's state fundraising and who, the week after the primary results were official, was in the front row at an event conspicuously cheering for Obama.

          The reasons most of them had revolved around her competence and experience. The one thing they said over and over was that she had so much more experience than Obama.

          How that would translate into support for someone like Palin — especially given her 180 degree difference on issues — was a little hard to see.

          In fact, many Hillary supporters I ran into the weekend after that announcement were so incensed that they were asking me how to get involved with the Obama campaign, after saying they would hold their noses and vote for him. They were really insulted by the assumption that they would just looooooove Sarah Palin.

          Jon Husted is a dick.

          by anastasia p on Tue May 21, 2013 at 08:43:04 AM PDT

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          •  I remember when I first heard that she likely (0+ / 0-)

            would be tapped for VP, I did a quick Google search. The first result? A scandal still unwinding and a vote by the Republican-controlled Alaskan lege to further investigate.

            And I thought ... WTF? Even if McCain was confident that there was no actual problem behavior involved, who would pick someone that might have something blow up in the middle of the campaign? As it turned out, Sarah was kind of a blow-out (as in a tire going flat).

            Help us to save free conscience from the paw Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw. ~John Donne

            by ohiolibrarian on Tue May 21, 2013 at 09:43:31 AM PDT

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        •  Rs buy into their own cartoon version of democrats (0+ / 0-)

          as voting for anyone brown or black.  

          "We're now in one of those periods when the reality of intense pressure on the middle class diverges from long-held assumptions of how the American bargain should work" --James Fallows

          by Inland on Tue May 21, 2013 at 09:27:16 AM PDT

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      •  That was wonderful! (0+ / 0-)

        They were saying before the election it was on course to be the biggest margin in a race with no incumbent involved. And it turned out to be the biggest ever.

        I still periodically enjoy perusing my file of Keyes emails from that campaign where he would say "Polls show we're closing the gap!!!!"

        And then it would be something like "We were down 70-24 and now we're only down 69-25!"

        Plus even at a time when the right was obsessed with abortion and gays I never saw anyone quite THAT obsessed.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Tue May 21, 2013 at 08:37:21 AM PDT

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    •  The sucky part (1+ / 0-)
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      is the GOP outnumbers us in Hispanic and (after the MA election) black senators. We can do better.

  •  As "top cop" he can still investigate miscarriages (0+ / 0-)

    as the current law pretty much allows this for known medically assisted miscarriages...

  •  A dream(R) ticket (1+ / 0-)
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    exterris

    -for the Dems.  

  •  Democratic leaders are slave masters? (2+ / 0-)
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    Gygaxian, askew

    Does John Conyers kow about this?

    The problem with political jokes is they get elected.

    by shoeless on Tue May 21, 2013 at 07:04:03 AM PDT

  •  Cooch - Jackson ticket can still win (4+ / 0-)

    if Dems stay home

    GOTV

    So many crazy GOP Guvnors, from La Paige in Maine to both Scotts in MN and FL to Jindal to the SC guv (4get her name).... the list goes on and on! Opps Perry too.

    These idiots (some) have stymied the ACA - THE single most important piece of legislation the last 30 or so yrs

  •  I'm aware that MacAuliffe isn't the best candidate (2+ / 0-)
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    pademocrat, Odysseus

    BUT is it possible he could pull this off if he gets the Clintons to campaign with & for him? I don't know much about VA, but from what I've seen in the past few election cycles, they seem to be trending purple or blue in some respects (they went for Obama in both 08 & 12).

    So if we GOTV, have the Clintons campaign, if Cooch & Jackson double down on the crazy juice, AND MacAuliffe HIGHLIGHTS that crazy, I would think we can win this one.

    In other words, tough, but doable IMO.

    A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

    by METAL TREK on Tue May 21, 2013 at 07:42:09 AM PDT

    •  The thing that I worry about (0+ / 0-)

      VA historically has elected a governor of the opposite party of the president after. Robb, Davis, Wilder, all Democrats during Reagan & Bush I. Allen & Gilmore were Republicans during Clinton, Warner & Kaine Democrats during Bush, McDonnell Republican during Obama.

    •  vote 4 the schnook, it's important! (0+ / 0-)

      ...that's an appropriately borrowed idea from the Louisiana governor's race a couple fo decades ago when entertainingly corrupt Gov. Edwin Edwards was running against a challenge from klansman David Duke.

  •  That's What I am Worried About here in VA. (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, we can laugh all we want about how the GOP slate is so "off the charts" and therefore, "unelectable". However, we can be looking at all three of these clowns holding very powerful positions of power in our state if folks don't get OFF THEIR F* ASSES AND VOTE in this off-presidential election year. This is my fear. We've seen this movie before in our gubernatorial race in 2009, 2010 with the country's nationwide congressional races and 2011 here in Virginia with our local statehouse races.

    It is precisely because of this lack of voting in 2009 that saddled us with Gov. " Vaginal Ultrasound" Bob McDonnell and the American Taliban himself,  Atty. General, Ken Cuccinelli.

    If Not Us, Who,..... If Not Now, When?

    by VirginiaBlue on Tue May 21, 2013 at 07:46:24 AM PDT

  •  Also in Ohio (2+ / 0-)
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    Gygaxian, Christopher Walker

    this may not sound like a big deal, but state rep. Connie Pillich announced her campaign for Ohio state treasurer yesterday.

    Some of you may recognize the name of our incumbent treasurer, Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel.

    This is the overly ambitious, under-accomplished, ethically challenged liar who launched his U.S. Senate campaign to unseat Sherrod Brown about a month after he was sworn in as treasurer.

    He spent two years ignoring the business of the treasurer's office while he spent workdays flying around the country holding high-dollar fundraisers and meeting with billionaires such as Foster "The best method of contraception is an aspirin between the knees" Friess.

    His entire campaign was built on lies so egregious even our conservative state papers called him out and on constantly chanting "I was a Marine."

    Connie is an Air Force veteran. Uh-oh.

    Joshie has nothing else. And since he has recently become a spokesperson for the right-of-the-right Tea Party types in Ohio, attacking Medicaid expansion, women's reproductive freedom, and the rights of working people, the campaign is going to end up being about THAT — and Joshie is on shaky ground there.

    This is going to be a hellaciously expensive campaign because the big special interests that own Joshie — coal, the NRA, Monsanto, for-profit charter schools etc — want to protect their investment. They want this tool in the White House and make no mistake, that's Joshie's goal.

    We need to stop him now.

    http://www.conniepillich.com/

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Tue May 21, 2013 at 08:33:22 AM PDT

  •  IL-13 - Former Miss America Erika Harold (1+ / 0-)
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    Too bad she's a Republican - she's a looker.

    http://www.news-gazette.com/...

    Filibuster reform, 2013 - woulda, coulda, shoulda.

    by bear83 on Tue May 21, 2013 at 09:18:07 AM PDT

  •  South Dakota - Senate (0+ / 0-)

    Seems there's a little war brewing between Reid and Daschle.

    I love how Reid says "He's not my choice" about Weiland, as if he gets to say who the nominee is. Are you a registered South Dakota voter, Harry?

    Isn't a centrist just someone who doesn't have the balls to be a fanatic? -- Stephen Colbert

    by Muboshgu on Tue May 21, 2013 at 09:47:44 AM PDT

  •  Jackson Loves Hate (0+ / 0-)

    What bothers me, other than how nasty and wrong this "pastor" is, is that so many people seem to be surprised that the Republican Party would nominate someone like E.W. Jackson.

    Jackson is the embodiment of the Republican Party and the Tea Party, who are avowed racists, and card-carrying bigots.  You must remember how they embraced President Obama ... NOT!

    Like the locusts, they are finally coming out of their own special kind of shell, spelled "closet," and showing the country just exactly who and what they are.  They keep doing this, but so many of their followers, who have blinders on, need special examples to see; this is yet another of those examples.

    If all goes well, this will be one more nail in the coffin of the GOP/RNC/Tea Party and their Right Wing-nut candidates.

    Shame on them all!

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