Friday, June 09, 2006

The ultimate losers hit Vegas

Hotline's blog has a full report on the goings-on at the "Yearly Kos" convention in Las Vegas, where the architects of Democratic Party futility are planning how to continue their losing ways.

The Kossacks apparently are in full moonbat mode, complete with lovestruck Joe Wilson groupies:
The highlight so far ... was as Mike Caccioppoli (who is running for the AZ CD1 seat) and I turn a corner in our hunt for snack food and I'm passing someone who reminds me of Joseph Wilson. I catch his eye and with a dumbfounded look I point at him and say, "You're...aren't you?" ...
Oh. My. God. We actually have a conversation with Joseph Wilson. With Joseph Wilson! ...
Oh, was I giddy when we went our separate ways. I wanted to jump up and down and scream in excitement.
Imagine. "Erin from Flagstaff" is talking to a former State Department bureaucrat and it might as well be Elvis.

Understand this: Wilson's a major-league loser. His pretended "expose" of the Niger yellowcake story in 2003 did nothing at all to achieve his political aims (i.e., elect John Kerry) and the so-called Plamegate affair is a non-scandal which, at worst, will result in a couple of plea bargains on perjury charges against administration staffers. It ain't Watergate. It ain't even Iran-Contra. And any money, time and energy that Democrat activists expend in chasing Joe Wilson's phantasms is that much less money, time and energy they'll have for doing anything that might actually help elect Democrats.

The starstruck Kossack, however, can't seem to register this. "Erin in Flagstaff" goes all gushy for Mr. Valerie Plame and please notice who she's hanging out with: Mike Caccioppoli, a poor second choice to challenge Rep. Rick Renzi, Arizona Republican.

Profile of a Loser
In 2004, Caccioppoli -- a New York liberal who moved to Las Vegas to do talk radio -- moved to Flagstaff to work for the campaign of Renzi's Democrat challenger, Paul Babbitt. Even with the Babbitt family name and fortune on their side, the Dems got their butts kicked: Renzi 59%, Babbitt 36%. The other 5% went to a Libertarian, which tells you that this an overwhelmingly strong district for a Goldwater-style conservative.

Then in September 2005, as the Democrats were rolling out their "culture of corruption" campaign theme for '06, some D.C. liberal group names Renzi on its list of the "13 most corrupt" members of Congress. Why? Well, Renzi's dad, a retired Army general, works for a defense contractor and there's some kind of conflict-of-interest issue that required Renzi to correct his campaign paperwork.

End of story. No FBI investigation, no bribes, no indictments, nothing. It's a paperwork snafu, not a scandal. If I'm Renzi's campaign manager, this is an easy one to spin: "My Dad's a hero. I love my Dad, and I love America, which is why I fought to make sure our troops have the best equipment in the world."

Who is Rick Renzi? Well, he was a college football star, captain of the 1979 Northern Arizona University team that won a conference championship. An enterpeneur who started two successful companies, an investment firm and an insurance agency, and then studied for a law degree. He and his wife have 12 kids, so he's got the whole "family values" thing going for him.

Renzi's pretty much the ideal GOP candidate, in other words, and it's hardly surprising that he got nearly 60% of the vote in 2004.

A False Hope
Chasing their bets, Democrats somehow got the idea last year that this "most corrupt" listing made Renzi vulnerable, and got their hopes up.

The Democrats (namely Rahm "Hired Truck" Emanuel) had already recruited Jack Jackson Jr., the state director of Indian affairs, to challenge Renzi. Jackson raised over $100,000, but Renzi was sitting on more than $1 million in campaign cash, the "corruption" issue wasn't working for Democrats and Jack is ... an openly gay Navajo Indian. (Not that there's anything wrong with that ....)

In March, Jackson called it quits, and Congressional Quarterly calls this a "safe Republican" district.

So here comes Caccioppoli, an out-of-stater who as of March 31 had raised less than $12,000. Here's his agenda:
  • Immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
    Impeach Bush.
  • National health care.
  • $8 minimum wage.
  • Repeal the Patriot Act.
  • Felony prosecutions for oil company "price gouging."
Caccioppoli probably couldn't get elected on that agenda in his native Brooklyn, N.Y., and he's sure as heck not going to get elected running in Goldwater Country on a Barbra Streisand platform. And this is the kind of loser that "Erin in Flagstaff" thinks it's cool to hang around with.
Where do these people come from? Judging from her ".edu" e-mail address, you immediately know that "Erin in Flagstaff" doesn't work in the for-profit economy. She works in a computer training center at Northern Arizona University. She describes herself as a 48-year-old Kos addict.

She's a DFA activist who supported the Howard Dean campaign, and in mid-October 2004 -- based on a poll that showed Bush leading Kerry 49%-45% in Arizona -- enthusiastically exclaimed:

We're a battleground state again! I'd like to come up with some intelligent commentary about this turn of events, but all I can come up with is, "Whoo hoo!"

Actual 2004 election result in Arizona:
Bush 55%, Kerry 44%

"Whoo hoo," indeed.

So, "Erin in Flagstaff" is a middle-aged woman with a government job, who actually believed that John Kerry might make Arizona a "battleground state," who can find nothing better to do in Las Vega than to hang around with a liberal loser like Caccioppoli and react to Joe Wilson as if she were still a 14-year-old girl in 1972 getting Bobby Sherman's autograph.

She is typical of the kind of people DailyKos attracts -- Erin's post got over 200 comments -- and this is why the Kossack/Moonbat/LoseOn.org alliance is such an albatross around the neck of the Democratic Party. It's sort of like a black hole of loserdom, with a gravitational pull so strong that nothing can escape. It's like holding a caucus in an insane asylum, where reason and logic are rejected by a show of hands as the first order of business.

My advice to Yearly Kos attendees: Stay away from the casinos. Given your genius for losing, if you go anywhere near the video poker machines, you'll be broke within an hour.

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HotAir has a mole inside Yearly Kos: "If self-righteousness were an alternative source of energy, gas would be twelve cents per gallon." The mole gets advice from Blue Crab Boulevard: "Chew an arm off and escape. It's not too late!"

Expose the Left has video of a Barbara Boxer speech ... if you're a masochist.

Jeff Goldstein says: "So I was thinking: were I actually covering this Yearly Kos dealie, my guess is that right about now I’d be trying to saw my own head off with a shoehorn ...."

Also blogging: Ninth State, Political Pit Bull, Malkin ....

--McCAIN

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

RACE CARD in Jefferson case!

Democratic leaders have decided to force Rep. William Jefferson off the Ways and Means Committee. The Congressional Black Caucus is accusing Pelosi & Co. of a racially-motivated double standard because Al Mollohan is still on the Appropriations committee.

Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) warns that this is "about to blow up in their face"!

From the Associated Press:
A drive by the Democratic leadership to strip embattled Rep. William Jefferson of his committee post triggered a backlash Thursday as the Congressional Black Caucus opposed the move and said the Louisiana lawmaker deserves a "presumption of innocence."

The caucus chairman, Rep. Melvin Watt of North Carolina, told reporters that some black voters might ask why action was sought against "a black member of Congress" when there was neither precedent nor rule for it. ....

Emerging from the session, he distributed a statement that said the Congressional Black Caucus perhaps has a "unique appreciation of our nation's constitutional guarantee of the presumption of innocence."

The statement added the group "therefore opposes suggestions that some have made to force Rep. Jefferson to resign from Congress or to remove him involuntarily from his position on the Ways and Means Committee in the absence of precedents that have been historically applied and will be consistently applied in the future."

Speaking for himself, Watt was more pointed.

He said the leadership was open to a charge that it was acting out of political expedience. "It's about to blow up in their face," he added.

Let me explain why this is so explosive. Jefferson is black, Al Mollohan is white. Both are under investigation, but neither has been indicted. Mollohan was forced to step down as the top Democrat on th House ethics committee, but retained his seat on the Appropriations committee.

Now, while both men are "innocent until proven guilty," what Jefferson is accused of is chump change compared to Mollohan. "Beach Boy" Mollohan bought himself a $1.2 million 6-bedroom oceanfront house in North Carolina, and saw his personal fortune increase from less than $500,000 to over $6 million in the space of four years, while his investment partners were reportedly benefitting from federal grants arranged by Mollohan.

So, why does Nancy Pelosi want to force Jefferson to give up his committee seat, but let Mollohan keep his?

We predicted Thursday morning this was going to be trouble:
So, in a make-or-break election year, Pelosi has to choose between keeping Jefferson -- whose scandal is spoiling her "culture of corruption" theme -- or alienating the CBC. It's so fun to watch the CBC making Nancy sweat.
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There's coverage by The Washington Times, and this is from the LA Times:
Jennifer Crider, a spokeswoman for Pelosi, said any claim that race played a role in calling for Jefferson to quit Ways and Means was "absolutely untrue."
"This is about upholding the highest ethical standard for every member of the\ Democratic caucus," she said.
Uh, "the highest ethical standard" for Democrats? How about Harry Reid? How about John Conyers?
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At Free Republic, one commenter observes: "This is the DNC's worst nightmare."

Exactly. Year in, year out, Democrats get over 90% of the black vote. In return, blacks get ... well, who knows? But the point is, for years, black Democrats have been complaining that their partisan loyalty is a one-way street. They keep voting Democrat, and Democrats keep taking them for granted. So now, Jefferson is refusing to step down, and the CBC has called the Democrats' bluff.

Look at what Mel Watt says:
Referring to black voters, who are among the most loyal Democrats in the electorate, he added, "You've got a whole base of people out there who believe that the Democratic Party takes them for granted already."

If action is taken only against someone who "is a black member of Congress, then our community will legitimately ask what in the world are you doing?"
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Marquette Warrior asks: "All this raises the question: why such tolerance of sleazy and unethical behavior on the part of black politicians?"

Believe it or not, Kos wonders the same thing: " I still don't get why the Congressional Black Caucus insists on standing firmly behind Jefferson. ... It doesn't say much good for the organization to close ranks behind a crook and thief like Jefferson."

At Red State, Crank observes, "She who lives by the race card ...."

Also blogging: Flap, Jarhead John and BigD, who points out that the left-wing Workers World Party (best known for their International ANSWER front group) is doing the conspiracy trip:
A recent FBI raid on the Washington, D.C., office of Congressperson William Jefferson, a Democrat from Louisiana, represented the use of police-state methods for the dual purpose of diverting attention from corrupt Republicans while destroying the career of a key Black elected official. ...
It is a case being made by the racist oppressor in a situation that excludes the oppressed from the process.
Hey, wait until RFK Jr. hears about this! First, they stole the election in Ohio, then they ruined Air America, now those evil Republicans are framing Jefferson!

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Linked by Dan Riehl, who points out the hypocrisy of Democrats, who are trying to force Tom DeLay to stay on the ballot in November. Did I mention Dan's from New Jersey? LOL!

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Just in case you forgot, Rep. Patrick J. "Ambien" Kennedy (D-U.I.) wants to be treated like a black man.

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Pop quiz: When did the Democrats come up with their "culture of corruption" soundbite?

Answer: September 2005, after Tom DeLay was indicted by Ronnie Earle in Texas.

In researching that question, I came across this story from The Hill, which quotes a word of caution from Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY): “We have to be careful how we handle this politically. ... It could be seen as an indictment of Congress rather than Republicans. This is a delicate issue.”

Yeah, it pays to be careful, Charlie, when you end up having to admit you violated House ethics rules with a trip to Cuba.

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Pelosi is trapped by basic political demography. Democrats have come to rely on getting 90% of the black vote, and in close-fought elections, a strong black turnout can make the difference for the Democratic candidate. That's why Democrats are always screaming "racism" at Republicans, to motivate that turnout. With Congress up for grabs in November, Pelosi and the Democrats are going to need a major get-out-the-vote push in the black community if they're going to have any hope of beating the Republicans.

But here's Pelosi's problem: She wants to run against a Republican "culture of corruption," and all the media attention to William "Cold Cash" Jefferson is making that hard to sell, so she wants him out. But by doing so, she's angering black Democrats who see a double standard with Mollohan, and black Democrats have got to be saying to themselves: "What did a bunch of West Virginia whiteys ever do for the Democratic Party? Pelosi wouldn't be where she is if it wasn't for black Democrats, and now she's throwing Jefferson to the sharks."

** MORE TO COME **

Previously on WM. JEFFERSON

6/8: Jefferson refuses to go quietly
6/5: FBI raid constitutional?
5/24: Don't resign, Mr. Jefferson!
5/21: Caught on tape
5/3: Illegal to give, illegal to receive?
4/4: A tale of two congressmen
2/17: You know it's bad when ...
1/17: Knee-deep in the Big Muddy

Previously on AL MOLLOHAN:


5/15: Mollohan update
4/27: Surber KO's "Beach Boy"
4/21: Mr. Ethics steps down
4/12: Democrats? Ethics? Hello?

-- McCAIN

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Kaplan out at MSNBC

Wow. I new it was bad, but didn't know it was that bad. Jed Babbin sez: "The unremittingly liberal programming -- so laughably biased that many conservatives have boycotted it for years -- has driven its ratings down to Air America levels. Kaplan's departure is the inevitable result of pluperfect liberalism interrupted only by brief glimpses of Monica Crowley and Joe Scarborough."

More background at the Other Paper.

-- McCAIN

Jefferson refuses to go quietly

More great reporting, from Christina Bellantoni of (ahem) The Washington Times:
Rep. William J. Jefferson yesterday spoke to two Democratic Capitol Hill groups in making his case to remain on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
The Louisiana Democrat, the subject of a bribery probe, repeated his long-standing claim of not being guilty to both the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). ...
Top Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, have called for Mr. Jefferson to leave the prestigious Ways and Means Committee.
Though Mr. Jefferson has not been charged with a crime, court documents say the lawmaker was videotaped accepting a $100,000 bribe, and authorities found $90,000 cash in his freezer. Two other men already have been convicted in the probe.
He told the two Democratic groups again yesterday that he will not relinquish his post.
While the CBC supports him, the steering committee soon will decide whether to issue a symbolic "no confidence" vote against Mr. Jefferson and will decide whether to recommend that the full Democratic caucus make the same gesture. Only the full House can remove a member's committee assignment in the middle of a session.
So, in a make-or-break election year, Pelosi has to choose between keeping Jefferson -- whose scandal is spoiling her "culture of corruption" theme -- or alienating the CBC. It's so fun to watch the CBC making Nancy sweat.

Previously on WM. JEFFERSON

6/05: FBI raid constitutional?
5/24: Don't resign, Mr. Jefferson!
5/21: Caught on tape
5/3: Illegal to give, illegal to receive?
4/4: A tale of two congressmen
2/17: You know it's bad when ...
1/17: Knee-deep in the Big Muddy

-- McCAIN

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The lesson of CA-50

Here's some great reporting from Joe Curl of (ahem) The Washington Times:
California Republican Brian Bilbray ... credited his comeback to his tough stance on immigration, which mirrors the stern House bill that would reject any sort of amnesty for illegal aliens. ...
"To the Bush administration, to the Senate, flat out: My opponent ran on your ticket on amnesty; I ran against it, on no amnesty," Mr. Bilbray said on San Diego's KOGO radio Tuesday night. "The message ought to be that now, and here, is the time to take care of this problem. ... What don't you get about the word 'illegal?'"
Mr. Bilbray strayed so far from the Republicans' Washington leadership that Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is one of the main authors of the Senate immigration bill, canceled a fundraiser last week for him after the candidate publicly attacked Mr. McCain's plan to grant what some see as amnesty to illegals. ...

"Look, you've had one election since the Senate bill passed," [Newt] Gingrich told The Washington Times yesterday. "You had a person who was pro-illegal immigrant and pro-amnesty; she lost. You had a person who was for controlling the border and against amnesty; he won. In any city in the world except Washington, that would be a hint."
"What the Bilbray campaign proved was, this stuff's real."
And, at Politics in Focus, Tom LeMasters sez:
"Busby was barely able to improve on the 44% showing she had in the primary, pulling in a 45.46% share of the vote in this campaign. ... What did it for Republicans? $5 million certainly didn't hurt. ... However, what saved the GOP was their base. ... The lesson is that .... if Republicans in targeted districts run to the right this fall, at least some of them are likely to survive. Probably enough to foil the Democrats' hopes of retaking Congress."
-- McCAIN

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Moonbats: 0-for-Eternity

Thanks to the hapless Francine Busby, LoseOn.org and the Kossack/Moonbat crowd have maintained their perfect record of futility against the GOP. According to Allahpundit, this makes them 0-for-19.

But, as National Journal explains, the Moonbat favorite won a Democratic Senate primary in Montana, and they're claiming that Busby's relatively narrow margin makes the CA-50 defeat a victory.

Today, MoveOn issued this statement:
"We're encouraged by the results in CA-50, where Francine Busby clearly was able to draw thousands of independent and Republican voters in an overwhelmingly Republican district. The race indicates that voters across party lines are ready for a change and that augurs well for Democrats in November. If independents and Republicans break in the rest of the country the way they broke in CA-50, the Democrats will retake the House," said Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn.org Political Action. [COMMENT: If a frog had wings ...]

A quick analysis of the numbers demonstrates how profound the shift is. Of all primary voters in that district yesterday, 56.5 percent were GOP primary voters, yet Bilbray only ended up taking 49.48 percent of the special election vote. In the special election, Bilbray's vote total was 58,566. That exceeds the total of all GOP primary votes cast by only 1,081. On the other hand, Busby got 53,598 votes in the special, which exceeds the total number of votes cast in the Democratic primary by nearly 9,369. It's morning-after, back-of-the-envelope math, but it appears either Busby won Independents nine to one or wooed a substantial number of Republicans.
See the self-delusional quality of this kind of rationalization?

MoveOn.org's PAC put over $124,000 into the Busby campaign and, as I explained here three months ago:
Back in 2004, a lot of Republicans were having fits about news reports that George Soros and friends were dumping millions of dollars into MoveOn.org. I was asked to write an article about MoveOn for Ripon Forum, a moderate/liberal GOP journal. Unfortunately, that article is no longer available online, but what I discovered in my research was basically this: MoveOn has never won anything.

They failed to prevent Clinton's impeachment, failed to help Dems take back Congress in 1998, failed to elect Al Gore, failed to help Gore win the Florida recount -- failed, failed, failed. By the time 2004 rolled around, MoveOn's presence in any political controversy was a certain bellwether of failure: Whatever side MoveOn is on, the other side wins.
Which means that Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) is a sure thing in November, because of this new press release from MoveOn.org:
MoveOn.org Political Action launched a new television ad today charging four Representatives with voting to protect war profiteers like Halliburton. The launch coincided with rallies outside of the Members' offices where local veterans joined MoveOn members to demand the return of thousands in defense contractor contributions.
"At a time when our soldiers' lack of body armor was a national scandal, and most of us were worrying about the safety of our troops, these Congressmen and women's attention was focused on letting war profiteers like Halliburton off the hook for overcharging our military and defrauding American taxpayers,? said Eli Pariser, executive director of MoveOn Political Action.
"Even our troops in Iraq are subject to the effects of Washington's culture of corruption. These Members, who took tens of thousands in campaign contributions from defense contractors, protected them from stiffer penalties for war profiteering. It's an outrage because every dollar that Halliburton took through fraud could have gone to our Army and our troops," said Eli Pariser, executive director of MoveOn Political Action.
At the four rallies, hundreds of MoveOn members gathered petition signatures and held up large signs and giant yellow ribbons with a message to the Congressman: "Support Our Troops, Not Halliburton."
Today's launch is the third in a series of MoveOn.org Political Action's "Caught Red-Handed" television ads slated to run through June 16th. The group is spending over $300,000 to run the ad on stations in the four districts."
"War profiteering"? Has MoveOn hired Eugene V. Debs as a consultant, or what?

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I cannot believe that anybody takes DailyKos seriously. Listen to this crap: "Busby helped with her unfortunate comments that were so easily twisted out of context by the right wing noise machine, but they'll do that to every single one of our candidates. And if a Democrat doesn't provide the easy ammo, it doesn't matter. They'll simply make it up."

This is paranoia, pure and simple. And then Kos sez: "Democrats have to be more aggressive." This is a cliche with the Moonbat crowd, who seem to think that if their candidates would only scream their bad ideas a little louder -- and maybe take off a shoe and start pounding it on the lectern -- they'd win. It's the Kool-Aid talking.

After citing his friend Stoller's comments about how Bilbray was "progressive" on environmental issues, Kos then sez: "The lesson from last night should be clear. Hiding from progressives and the left will lead to Democratic losses in 2006. Running as a progressive will lead to victory."

Duh. You go with that, Kos!

See you Nov. 8, loser ...

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Dan Riehl notices Democratic dementia: "I don't think much can be learned from CA-50, except perhaps that liberals in the Democrat Party need to start being more realistic with their post election analysis."

Iowa Voice sez: "Republicans running for office this November should get the message: run on illegal immigration and conservative values and you will win. Let the Democrats run on their message of, as a Kos writer says, 'Iraq. Gay marriage. Immigration. Iran. Corruption.' It will blow up in their faces."

Please also see: MoveOn.org & the Politics of Deceit, MSNBC Swallows MoveOn.org's Big Lie. and Hardhats vs. Moonbats.

-- McCAIN

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Ann & the "Jersey Girls"

I expected the Left (and some Republicans) would go nuts over Coulter's devoting 17 pages to the "martyrdom" of Willie Horton, but I have been surprised by the outrage over Coulter's critique of the "Jersey Girls." This is getting attention, I suppose, because it's what seemed to obsess Matt Lauer. (Once again, letting liberals set the agenda.)

Chapter 5 of GODLESS is called "Liberals' Doctrine of Infallibility: Sobbing Hysterical Women." Coulter points out that the so-called "Jersey Girls" -- a small group of women whose husbands were killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center -- have been anointed by the media as spokeswomen for all 9/11 victims and survivors. The "Jersey Girls" are anti-Bush and anti-war, they demanded the "independent" 9/11 commission, and they have tried to exercise veto power over "Ground Zero" plans.

Oh, and each of them collected $1.6 million of taxpayers' money, then complained about the taxpayers' stinginess. (Why aren't libertarians coming to Ann's defense on this? By what theory of government is a taxpayer in Montana held responsible for the 9/11 deaths?)

Coulter lumps in this media-savvy group of 9/11 widows with Cindy Sheehan, saying that liberals use the grief of such people as a sort of Teflon shield against criticism. Sheehan says all sorts of crazy things and no one is allowed to respond, because to do so would be cruel to a grieving mother. Same with the "Jersey Girls": Criticize their activism and you're accused of being insensitive to their suffering.

Now I see that, following the lead of the New York Daily News, the media are doing to Ann what one friend of mine calls the "ransom note" method of character assassination: Take a few phrases or sentences of a writer's argument and then -- like a kidnapper assembling a ransom note by clipping words out of a magazine -- cut-and-paste to create the false impression that the writer is a bigot, a warmonger or, as in this case, a heartless monster.

If you haven't read the book, don't let the MSM bamboozle you into thinking that Ann has said something she hasn't said. The manufactured outrage over this only proves her point: Liberals are exploiting grief to silence their critics and advance their agenda.

-- McCAIN

Q&A with Ann Coulter


UPDATED:
Instapundit , Hugh Hewitt and Captain's Quarters all seem to be dumping on Coulter -- and I don't know if any of them has read the book. All seem to be reacting to press accounts.

Michelle Malkin points out that Coulter is not the first to criticize the "Jersey Girls."

Allahpundit has the video of Coulter with Hannity. She hits hard on the points she makes in the book, namely that the Left wants to immunize its message by choosing messengers we're not allowed to respond to. She talks about "authenticity" in a way that reminds me of Allan Bloom's "Closing of the American Mind," saying to Hannity: "Am I not allowed to discuss the Irish Potato Famine because I don't understand it?" Watch it with those potato jokes around the Mick, sister!

Wizbang sez Ann "raises a good point," but wishes she had "chosen her words more carefully."

Layla Gonzalez sticks by Ann: "Like most in the MSM they cannot handle Ann Coulter's brutal honesty, which by the way is sorely needed in today's less than mentally healthy society."

BTW, am I the only person in the blogosphere old enough to know that, in calling the Jersey Girls the "Witches of East Brunswich," Coulter was making a wordplay on the 1987 movie "The Witches of Eastwick"?

Q&A with Ann Coulter

Presidential adviser Ann Coulter:
Q: The Washington Times is said to be President Bush's favorite newspaper. Assuming he's reading this, is there any advice you'd like to share with the president?
A: (1) Continue to ignore liberals on national defense. Tap their phones if necessary; (2) Force [Justice] John Paul Stevens off the [Supreme] Court, nominate Janice Rogers Brown; (3) Promise never again to whine about "our national addiction to oil."
Her answers were kind of short.



Maybe she was saving the good stuff for Matt Lauer.
But she was more forthcoming with Lisa De Pasquale.
Her promotional schedule.

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UPDATE 6/7: According to Truth Laid Bear, there were 110 bloggers commenting on Coulter yesterday, including LaShawn Barber, Captain's Quarters, Instapundit , Confederate Yankee ...

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Previously on ANN COULTER:

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Murder suspect - APB!

Jeff Quinton has the details.

DNA links a 35-year-old sex offender to the Clemson "Bikini Strangler" case.

Be on the lookout for this creep!

Election night blogging

We'll be updating tonight -- Tuesday, June 6 -- past midnight with the latest on the elections in California, Alabama and around the country. Bookmark this page and keep checking back tonight!

UPDATE 12:45 a.m. EDT
Bilbray opens lead in CA-50; Gov. Riley winner in AL GOP primary; Kean (R), Menendez (D) win easily in NJ; 80% of AL voters approve gay marriage ban.
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CALIFORNIA (updated: 12:45 a.m EDT)
U.S. HOUSE District 50: Bilbray (51%) takes an early lead over Busby (43%) in a special election of national significance. (11.4% of precincts reporting)

This may be an all-nighter. But you "don't need papers," LOL!
NO ANTI-INCUMBENT MOOD?
In U.S. House District 11 (GOP), Pombo holds back McCloskey -- with relatively low turnout for the Dem primary in that district -- while in U.S. House District 36 (Dem), Harman stomps on the Moonbat-backed Winograd.
This likely bodes ill for Democrats' hopes of a "throw-the-bums-out" November uprising. Harman peeved the Left by voting for "Bush's war," while Pombo was buddy-buddy with Abramoff. But neither of these troubled incumbents seems to have had much trouble defeating their primary challengers.
With the Harman defeat of Winograd, MoveOn.org maintains its perfect record of futility -- they've never won anything worth winning.

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Malkin notes the pre-school referendum. Lynn, who lives near San Diego, says the stupid "Meathead" ads for the pre-school referendum really get on her nerves. LA Times exit poll shows it's a LOSER!

FLASHBACK:
Ding-dong, the Meathead's dead!
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ALABAMA (updated: 12:10 p.m EDT)
GOVERNOR
(79% precincts reporting)

GOP - Riley 64%, Moore 36%
DEM - Baxley 59%, Siegelman 36%

Donkey Cons will miss Siegelman, whom we've been blogging for more than four months.

BIG NEWS: Turnout was very strong for the Democratic primary. At this point Baxley is actually getting about 4,000 more votes (234,201) than Riley (230,335). Republicans usually cast more absentees, so that number will change significantly by tomorrow. Still, for the Alabama Democrats to get nearly 500,000 voters -- which is probably where Baxley's final number will be --- for a primary is a very encouraging result for them.

COMPLETE RESULTS HERE
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MONTANA
Senate (D): Morrison vs. Tester -- The Moonbat-endorsed Tester (61%) defeats fellow Democrat Morrison (36%) for the right to challenge Conrad Burns (R) in November .

A lot of outside money flowed into Montana for the two Democratic candidates.
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NEW JERSEY
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IOWA (updated 11:55 p.m.)
DEMS
Governor: Tight 3-way race, with Chet Culver (38%) leading Mike Boulin (34%) and Ed Fallon (27%)
District 1, U.S. House: Braley (35%) now leading Dickenson (33%) and Gluba (28%).
District 5, U.S. House: Schulte (61%) beating Chambers (39%)

GOP
District 1, U.S. House: Whalen (57%) defeats Dix (28%) battle.

Iowa Voice has the running count.

Complete primary results here.
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SOUTH DAKOTA
Complete results here.
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NEW MEXICO
Turnout was "ridiculously low" says Heath Haussamen.

** UPDATE 7:3o P.M. EDT **

Taegan Goddard highlights the Top 5 to watch tonight!

Also blogging: Carpetbagger Report.

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How did DailyKos ever get a reputation for political acumen? Here is the Moonbat hero talking about the Alabama governor's race:
Alabama Republicans will likely give Gov. Bob Riley a second chance against über wingnut Roy Moore. In the Democratic primary, Lucy Baxley and former governor (and crook) Don Siegelman are running neck and neck. This will be a second-tier pickup opportunity for Democrats in November.
That's ignorant crap. It's now almost 7:30 p.m. EDT, and polls aren't even closed in Alabama, but I'll predict Riley walks away with the GOP nomination -- 56% or better, a double-digit margin over Moore. Baxley trounces Siegelman by a similar or wider margin. Neither contest will be remotely close.
Let me go further to handicap the Riley-Baxley matchup for November: Barring unforeseen developments of a "live boy/dead girl" nature, Riley gets near 55%.

The Alabama Democrats, like their neighbors in Georgia, are now in political freefall, and for Kos to call the Alabama governor's race "a second-tier pickup opportunity for Democrats" is a hyperpartisan delusion.

** MORE UPDATES TO COME! **

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