Sorry, Beltway Media, Chris Christie Will Never Be President
Imagine how South Carolinians would react to having a Yankee bullyboy telling them to 'Sit down and shut up'


New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie got into another bully-boy spat on camera this week when a constituent heckled Christie over his abysmal record on the state’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which hit the coast two years ago. Records show that the Christie administration has disbursed about $300 million of the $1.1 billion federal recovery fund to New Jersey homeowners affected by the storm.

In Which Jon Stewart Discovers That the Koch Brothers Have Taken Out Ads on His Show


The billionaire Koch brothers have been running feel-good, folksy image ads about their company, Koch Industries, the nation’s second largest privately held corporation, on liberal outlets, particularly MSNBC and now on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” on Comedy Central.

Stewart fired back with a parody of the brothers’ ad on his show this week. “Clearly,” Stewart said, “the Koch brothers are trying to say to our audience of not yet dying-off voters: ‘Even though you may have heard certain things about the Koch brothers, how bad could they be? I mean, if they were evil, would a baby agree to appear in one of their advertisements?’”

Iowans Set to Elect Tea Party Senate Candidate Who Claims the Right to Shoot Other Government Officials
If elected, Joni Ernst will join Ted Cruz's Klown Kar Kaucus in the Senate
Ernst addresses a rally in support of gun rights after a gunman killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theatre in 2012

Ernst addresses a rally in support of gun rights after a gunman killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theatre in 2012

During the 2010 midterms, Nevada tea party extremist Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate race, made a series of gaffes that cratered her opportunity to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The best remembered of these were quotes that surfaced in which she suggested “Second Amendment” remedies might be required both to deal with the “tyrannical” federal government (read: “Obamacare”) and to unseat Sen. Reid if voters foolishly chose to reelect him.

In this cycle, a tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa has made a similar, though more oblique, statement that has barely caused a stir. At a rally sponsored by the National Rifle Association about a month after a shooter opened fire in an Aurora, Co., movie theatre, killing 12 people in 2012, Joni Ernst — who, as a member of the Iowa Senate, is a government official herself — claimed the right to take up arms against other government officials:

Thousands of Americans Died While Reagan Ignored the Outbreak of a Deadly Virus
Elizabeth Taylor persuades President Ronald Reagan to finally acknowledge the HIV problem and for the first time he uses the term "AIDS" in a public speech. “There’s no reason for those who carry the AIDS virus to wear a scarlet ‘A,’” he said, as ACT UP protesters yelled outside. Americans who have died from AIDS surpass 40,000.

Elizabeth Taylor persuades President Ronald Reagan to finally acknowledge the HIV problem and for the first time he uses the term “AIDS” in a public speech. “There’s no reason for those who carry the AIDS virus to wear a scarlet ‘A,’” he said, as ACT UP protesters yelled outside — Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

Republicans have taken great glee in turning the Ebola outbreak in the United States — six cases have been treated here so far, one patient has died — into an election issue this year. Blaming Pres. Obama for the outbreak fits neatly in their strategy of nationalizing the midterms by making the election about him, rather than about their party’s own lousy record in Congress.

The fact is, the Obama administration has acted rapidly and with keen efficiency in its handling of the Ebola outbreak when compared with the record of the handling of a similar outbreak in the early 1980s by the administration of GOP patron saint, Ronald Reagan.

Early Voting Trends Suggest Democrats Are Resisting GOP Voter Suppression Tactics in North Carolina and Florida


Early voting is underway in North Carolina, ground zero for the worst of the tea-party GOP’s voter suppression tactics, and early reports suggest that Democratic voters are coming out in force:

In Hearing, GOP Chairman Issa Misnames African Country, Repeatedly Mispronounces ‘Ebola’

Congress is out of session, of course, but yesterday House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa hastily called his committee into session in order to fan public hysteria about Ebola after a physician in New York was found to have contracted the disease while tending patients in Africa. In his opening statement, however, Issa mistakenly referred to the African nation of Guinea as Guiana, a country in South America, and then repeatedly mispronounced “Ebola” so that it rhymed with “e coli.”

Here’s a rough transcript of the highlights of Issa’s statement:

Neocon US Senate Candidate Exploits ISIS Recruitment Video in Campaign Ad
ISIS-produced imagery GOP Rep. Tom Cotton used in a campaign ad for his U.S. Senate race in Arkansas

ISIS-produced imagery from an ad for GOP Rep. Tom Cotton’s U.S. Senate race in Arkansas

Tom Cotton, neo-con candidate for the Arkansas U.S. Senate seat held by conservative Democrat Mark Pryor, has been nailed for using graphic propaganda footage from a 55-minute terrorist-recruitment film produced by the extremist group ISIS in a campaign ad:

With Millions in Tax Revenue on the Line, Marijuana Legalization Is on Ballots in Three States and DC


As a spate of new studies find positive results from the legalization of pot in Colorado and Washington state, including a dip in traffic fatalities in Colorado — and with Washington state accruing $3 million in taxes since pot was legalized in July, Colorado tallying $18 million in pot-tax revenue since January, including $7 million in July alone, and a projection that $3.1 billion in taxes would be collected if all 50 states legalized weed — voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. will decide whether to legalize marijuana on Nov. 4, and Floridians will decide whether to allow the sale of medical marijuana. has a round-up of the initiatives:

Democratic N.C. State Senator Calls out Republican Majority for Seeking Retribution Rather Than Governing

Floor Speech on the 2014 Budget from Jeff Jackson on Vimeo.

This floor speech from N.C. state Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Democrat from Gastonia, a Charlotte suburb, is making the rounds. Here’s more information on Jackson, who is a veteran and was serving as an assistant district attorney when he was elected by the local party to succeed Sen. Dan Clodfelter, another Democrat who is now Charlotte’s mayor.

The South Is America’s Poverty Belt


Poverty has been on the rise in the South, which, not coincidentally is a bastion of Republican Party control, according to a Census Bureau report [PDF] released this summer, according to Huffington Post:


  • 47%

    Of Americans say they favor stricter laws covering the sale of firearms, similar to views found last year, according to Gallup. But this percentage is significantly below the 58% recorded in 2012 after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, spurred a nationwide debate about the possibility of more stringent gun control laws. Thirty-eight percent of Americans say these laws should be kept as they are now, and 14% say they should be made less strict.

  • 51%

    Of young Americans who say they will “definitely be voting” in November prefer a Republican-run Congress with 47% favoring Democrat control – a significant departure from Harvard IOP poll findings before the last midterm elections.

  • 5

    States “most at risk for polling mishaps” in their Senate elections, ranked from most to least likely: Georgia, Alaska, Kansas, Colorado and South Dakota, according to Jonathan Bernstein. “This doesn’t mean any of them will hold surprises once the votes are counted. It just means that right now there are reasons to look at the polls with some skepticism.”

  • 13 pounds

    Amount of weight Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal has gained over the past few months, according to a source close to the governor. At 5’9″, Jindal has always looked slight. With the 2016 election on the horizon he seems to be beefing up, National Review reports.

  • 68%

    Of Americans are angry at the direction the country is headed and 53% of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s job performance, two troubling signs for Democrats one week before the midterm elections, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. Key finding: “In next week’s election, the emotion of anger could be a motivating factor in driving out GOP voters. While 36% of Republican voters said they are ‘extremely’ or ‘very enthusiastic,’ about voting this year, only 26% of Democrats use that language to describe themselves.”

Poetic Justice

The midterms are nigh here, and we just realized
That American politics have been bumpkinized!
They’re all professional posers
Posing as rank amateurs.
It’s as if every candidate has been Sarah Palin-ized.


  • He had copious and complicated ideas about cooking and household management, as he had about medicine, law, moral theology, economics, interior decoration and the use of the spheres, and his public spirit, though it was not strong, nevertheless forbade him to keep them to himself.

    — H.L. Mencken, writing about his grandfather.

  • American slaves were liberated in 1861, but did not get voting rights until 107 years later. So why can’t Hong Kong wait for a while?

    — Hong Kong Executive Council Member Laura Cha Shih Maylung, quoted by The Standard.

  • For now, ‘I’m not a scientist’ is what one party adviser calls ‘a temporary Band-Aid’ — a way to avoid being called a climate change denier but also to sidestep a dilemma. The reality of campaigning is that a politician who acknowledges that burning coal and oil contributes to global warming must offer a solution, which most policy experts say should be taxing or regulating carbon pollution and increasing government spending on alternative energy. But those ideas are anathema to influential conservative donors like the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and the advocacy group they support, Americans for Prosperity.

    New York Times

  • FOX News is indisputably the most popular cable news channel. And yet in 13 years, Fox has never broken a story. That’s okay, because it is not in the news business. It is in the news-shaping business. Its programming is an admixture of right-wing propaganda and fear-porn for feeble-minded paranoiacs, served up by spokesmodels who have no clue what they are reading.

    - Pensito Review quoted from 2009 in answer to the question “What is FOX?” in “Understanding The History And Purpose Of Fox News,” at Addicting Info.

  • The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a Republican.

    — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by CNN.