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The McCain blog publicizes Barack Obama's confession of voting for Republican legislation:
[T]he truth of the matter is that the only bills that I voted for, for most part, since I’ve been in the Senate were introduced by Republicans with George Bush. You know, they were the majority for a big chunk of the time I was there.
Jun 11, 2008 12:17 PM
Mary Mancini is here to tell you that if you are afraid that this Presidential election will be stolen, like the last one supposedly was, have no fear:
Word on the street is that the Obama campaign is already on it - pushing voter registration and get out the voter initiatives as a means to counteract the inability of our electoral system to be able to handle margins of victory so small and margins of error so big.
Jun 11, 2008 12:03 PM
From R. S. McCain:
Arriving at USC in 1966, the Iowa native joined the Young Democrats on campus and was soon active in protests against the Vietnam War.* Barr eventually became disillusioned with the peace movement, however -- he has said that reading Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged convinced him of Communism's totalitarian menace -- and by the time he graduated in 1970, he was an all-out Republican.
Jun 11, 2008 12:01 PM
Matt Pulle doesn't see a bright future for judicial nominee Gus Puryear:
If Puryear goes down, it would mark a painfully embarrassing defeat for Sen. Lamar Alexander, who backed Puryear despite a thin legal career honed largely in a corporate boardroom in Burton Hills. While many staples of the local bar insist that Puryear would make a skillful judge and laud his legal mind, other attorneys, including some Republicans, snicker that his dearth of courtroom experience would make it difficult for him to try the many complicated criminal and civil cases that come before a federal judge. Don't forget, too, the series of controversies in Puryear's professional and personal life, from his company's handling of an an inmate's brutal death to his membership in the intentionally exclusive Belle Meade Country Club.
Jun 11, 2008 11:55 AM
Heck'va job, Culvie:
As this TIME magazine story from 1987 describes: "At a Washington hotel Wednesday morning, White House Counsel Arthur B. Culvahouse interrogated Bork over coffee to satisfy himself that the potential nominee had no awkward club memberships, dubious financial dealings or medical problems." Bork ultimately was not confirmed by the Senate, receiving the largest margin of defeat ever for a U.S. Supreme Court nominee. That of course was not because of awkward club memberships, dubious financial dealings or medical problems, but because of Bork's ideology and his disastrous testimony. Still. Interesting.
Jun 11, 2008 11:33 AM
As long as it gets him elected, Obamafanatic Sean Braisted doesn't care who Obama's ticket mate is:
Webb's vocal support for the confederate soldiers may not be a positive quality in my book - in fact it is probably detracts from my support of his vice-presidential candidacy - but quite frankly I didn't support Webb because I found an ideological kinship with him; I support him because I think he'll help Obama win. My dream ticket would be Obama/Feingold, but I know that isn't going to happen, and I'm realistic. Obama could pick David Duke or Geraldine Ferraro to be his VP, and I'd still support him vociferously...to me, his VP pick only matters so far as it helps him get elected.UPDATE: Jim Webb explains
Jun 11, 2008 11:01 AM
A Democratic candidate for Knox County Clerk gets police and media attention after a domestic altercation:
The report by deputies who made the arrest says that Mr. Vandergriff attacked his wife and Mr. Gionta after the pair pulled into a parking lot at 635 North Campbell Station Road. They say Mr. Vandergriff pulled his wife from Gionta's car and threw her to the ground. He then pulled the keys from the vehicle, and attacked Gionta on the ground, kicking and beating him. The deputies say that when they arrived. Mr. and Mrs. Vandergriff were arguing, with Mr. Vandergriff accusing his wife of infidelity. The couple had to be separated.TERRORIST FIST JABS TO: R. Neal KAG
Jun 11, 2008 10:58 AM
From Andrew Malcom:
So The Ticket called a bunch of people who know both McCain and Clinton. It's true, they confirmed, there is a special friendship between them. And it apparently started in January of 2001, when Clinton became the first former first lady elected to public office and walked into the U.S. Senate. It has always been a gentlemen's club, if not always populated by gentlemen. And the warmth toward Clinton was missing. Until McCain walked up and heartily welcomed the newcomer and showed her around. "They really hit it off," said one friend. Senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on an Arctic trip They shared many things including a candid tongue. Both also have at times been at odds with their own parties. They found they could work together across the aisle as committee members and enjoyed each other's company on factfinding trips around the world. In Estonia, according to one famous tale, Clinton challenged McCain to a vodka shot-drinking contest, which he readily accepted. Later, McCain remarked to friends "she was one of the guys," a high compliment among guys.SEE ALSO: The Joe Zone
Jun 11, 2008 10:13 AM
The Los Angeles Times discusses the Tennessee Republican Party's "Proud Video" as a harbinger of things to come as their spokesman needles the local press for not covering it:
In what could be seen as a test run for future attacks, the Tennessee Republican Party last month posted a Web video crosscutting her gaffe with declarations from average folks about how they've always been proud of their country. Bill Hobbs, spokesman for the Tennessee GOP, said the party was stunned and delighted by the national publicity garnered by the cheaply made video, which coincided with a fundraising visit to the state by Michelle Obama. "Our goal was to get the local media to play that clip of what she said back in February," Hobbs said. "The amazing thing was this thing blew up nationally before any local media even covered it."SEE ALSO: John Rodgers
Jun 11, 2008 10:11 AM
The Tennessee chapter of a national nurses organization is opposing Bill Frist's potential run for Governor of Tennessee:
Kathy McGregor, RN, a leader with NNOC Tennessee, says "As Tennessee nurses, we are concerned with anything that impacts the health of our patients, and this report makes clear that Bill Frist is a danger to Tennessee patients. His time in the Senate made our state and our nation less healthy. As the healthcare crisis deepens, Tennessee cannot afford to elect someone who is unfit to be our Governor."
Jun 11, 2008 9:34 AM