How Republicans Lie

Prior to Less Merit becoming the State Auditor, the office was held in high-esteem by partisans on both side of the aisle. But like most modern-day Republicans, Merritt couldn't be satisfied with simply doing his job. Not only did he engage in illegal moonlighting and shady partisan politics, he is also using the privileges of his office to further his own personal ambitions.

Dole: 'Not winning'

One of the lunatics at Redstate has been musing lately about various scenarios related to Party of Greed running mates. In a column called "The Answer to Fred Thompson's Money Problem," he writes:

Fred Thompson should name a woman as his running mate, and he should do so well before the GOP convention takes place in Minnesota at summer's end. But which woman should Fred choose? Not Elizabeth Dole. One Senator is enough for the ticket, thank you very much. Plus, Ms. Dole is not very conservative, and she has a last name that is associated with "not winning".

Which one's Curly?

Billy, Bob, and Fred were apparently in rare form today as they "debated" the most important issues facing our state and outlined what they would do if elected to Governor. Under the Doom has the blow-by-blow account. But before you head over there, take my quiz to see if you can tell who said what in the sad little sideshow.

Who said:

A. "To think that a candidate for governor could say he doesn't understand how the budget is done is a frightening thing."

B. "It's a lot of closed-door stuff, and they're spending the people's money and Lord knows where it goes."

C. "It is my opinion that affirmative action no longer has any place in American society."

D. "I've told people throughout this campaign that yes, this is about the next four years, but in reality, it's about the next 20, 25 years."

E. "I'm the outsider. I'm not the one from Raleigh and that's what's different about me, and I want all of you to know that as we go through that debate."

CBS News poll--mixed news about born-again voters

(cross-posted at The Christian Dem Home Journal and DKos)

A few days ago, CBS News released a poll on the issues important to born-again Christian voters. The picture is looking a bit rosier for Dems to peel them away from the Repubs, but there may still be some work to do.

The poll was featured on Thursday's CBS Evening News, and showed that the most important issues for born-again Christians are health care (23%) and Iraq (20%). They also feel that the Democrats, not the Republicans, are talking about their issues. Katie Couric also interviewed Jim Wallis of Sojourners, who was quick to point out that Darfur, global warming and human trafficking are also well ahead of abortion and gay rights among Christian voters.

Needless to say, as a born-again Christian Dem who realized long ago that the Republicans were selling us a bill of goods, this had me psyched big-time. However, a look at the poll's internals shows that there's still a lot of work ahead.

Front-paged by Anglico.

Good morning, Jim Neal

As I mentioned yesterday, Jim Neal, Democratic candidate for United States Senate, will visit BlueNC at 10 this morning to introduce himself and share his ideas about getting America back on track. Many of you have already loaded him up with questions, so I'm sure the discussion will be interesting. I met Jim for the first time last week and I am very excited about his candidacy. I think you will be too.

I'm off to the Orange County Democratic Party breakfast this morning, where Jim will make brief comments to kick off his very busy day. (We're really lucky to have him for an hour or so this morning.) See you back here at 10.


Weekend Wound Up: Open Thread

Rob Schofield has his second-in-a-row Top Five - Bottom Five post over at The Progressive Pulse. My favorite:

2. North Carolina's Loudest Global Warming Denier - Check out this statement from the self-appointed climate change expert at a local market fundamentalist group on the religious implications of the global warming crisis (as reported by The Daily Tar Heel): "As far as I know, Jesus never defined a correct global temperature."

This is part of the right-wing plan to convince everyone that global warming is good. To which I say, who cares about global warming anyway? It's the toxic chemicals in the atmosphere, the acid rain, the water pollution, the epidemic of asthma, and the destruction of species and habitats that bother me. And every single one of those problems is caused by the exact same man-made activities that cause global warming. But cutting back on emissions, we solve many problems with the same solutions.


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