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2006/12/7

John McCain Hires Race-Baiting Campaign Manager

@ 11:10 PM (94 months, 5 days ago)

In preparation for his expected presidential bid in 2008, Sen. John McCain has hired a campaign manager, according to the Washington Post.

McCain has hired Terry Nelson as his campaign manger.

And as the folks over at Talking Points Memo note, it is the VERY SAME Terry Nelson that was responsible for that awful race-baiting ad against Harold Ford in the Tennesse Senate race from this year.

McCain Continues to Win Over Bush Insiders

McCain Hires Strategist Behind Harold Ford "Bimbo" Ad As Campaign Manager

Bush After Receiving ISG Report: "Where's My Drink?"

@ 09:46 PM (94 months, 5 days ago)

So I'm sitting here listening to the podcast of Keith Olbermann's show from tonight.

Olbermann had Dana Milbank from the Washington Post on as a guest.  And Milbank recounted how he was told by former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger that Bush asked "Where's my drink?" after receiving the ISG report.

Does Bush think Iraq is some kind of joke?  He laughs at a press conference today after being asked if he truly realizes how serious Iraq is.

And he pontificates on where his drink is after receiving the ISG report on yesterday.

Here's a novel idea, Mr. 'President.' (I do use that term losely when it comes to Bushie).

Instead of wondering where your drink is, how about getting to work on those recommendations from the ISG?  How about a little (actually a lot of) course correction?

Bush jokes about the gravity of the situation in Iraq

@ 09:30 PM (94 months, 5 days ago)

While American men and women, not to mention Iraqi men, women, and children, are dying daily in a civil war, George Bush continues to demonstrate that he truly doesn't understand the gravity of the situation.

Check out this exchange from today's presser, courtesy of the White House's very own website:

Q Mr. President, the Iraq Study Group described the situation in Iraq as grave and deteriorating. You said that the increase in attacks is unsettling. That won't convince many people that you're still in denial about how bad things are in Iraq, and question your sincerity about changing course.

PRESIDENT BUSH: It's bad in Iraq. Does that help? (Laughter.)

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/12/20061207-1.html

Democratic Leaders: No Pay Raise For Congress Until Minimum Wage Increased

@ 08:50 PM (94 months, 5 days ago)

This is what real leadership and American values look like in the U.S. Congress...

The incoming Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate say they will block a pay raise for Congressional lawmakers until Congress passes an increase in the minimum wage.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader-Elect Harry Reid commented "It is unconscionable that members of congress would get yet another pay raise while the minimum wage has been stuck at $5.15 an hour for the last 10 years. Senator Reid intends to do all he can to ensure that Congress won't get a raise until working families do."

Democrats have put the GOP on notice that they will attempt to add the anti-pay raise measure to a bill that provides funding through February 2007 for most government agencies.

It's called sacrifice; something that the GOP knows nothing about.  For the past 12 years, the GOP-led Congress have been all about what is in their own interests to ensure their political viability.

The Democrats are demonstrating that, under their leadership, Congress will return to a people-first attitude.

Democrats Will Try to Block Pay Raise

Does Bush want a cookie for reading the ISG report?

@ 08:29 PM (94 months, 5 days ago)

Speaking before the press today, George Bush said of the brand new report by the Iraq Survey Group (ISG): "The truth is a lot of reports in Washington aren't read by anybody. To show you how important this report is, I read it."

So what, Georgie?  Do you want some milk and cookies for reading the ISG report?   For good or ill, you are the President of the United States.  You were SUPPOSED to read this report, about a war YOU started and have failed to win.

http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/archives/2006/12/a_bushism.html