Archive for April, 2005

Douglas Says “NO” To Senate Run

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

The GOP’s hope to pick up a Senate seat in Vermont appears to have been fleeting. Form The Boston Globe/AP.

Gov. James Douglas opted out of a run for the U.S. Senate, announcing Saturday he will seek re-election next year. Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie immediately said he may jump into the race for the open Senate seat.

Douglas said he had too many unfinished priorities as governor after just a little more than two years in office.
Dubie also stood along the wall as Douglas spoke and he told reporters afterward that he was considering a run to succeed Sen. James Jeffords, the independent who announced two weeks ago that he would not seek re-election to a fourth term.

“I’m interested. I’m very interested,” Dubie said. “But I’m not a candidate.”

I don’t know much about Lt. Governor Dubie or his popularity in Vermont, bu t it appears that Vermont may be ready to send an admitted Socialist to the United States Senate to join those other closet socialists.

Missing Girl Faked Abduction

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

From Fox News.

A Georgia bride-to-be who vanished days before her wedding turned up in New Mexico, claiming at first that she had been abducted, then admitting she had gotten cold feet and “needed some time alone,” police said Saturday.

Jennifer Wilbanks, 32, was in police custody more than 1,420 miles from her home on what was supposed to be her wedding day.

“It turns out that Miss Wilbanks basically felt the pressure of this large wedding and could not handle it,” said Randy Belcher, the police chief in Duluth, Ga., the Atlanta suburb where Wilbanks lives with her fiance. He said there would be no criminal charges.

Why the hell not?! This woman cost police departments all over a lot of money, plus a large number of manhours wasted looking for her that could have been used for other things. Frankly, this woman should have to pay back every dime she cost the police department and then do some jailtime on top of that. What a disgrace….

State Numbers For Hillary

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Scott Rasmussen is becoming a clearinghouse for poll numbers regarding Hillary’s chances in 2008. Yesterday he released two sets of numbers for Ohio and Michigan. Inboth cases, more people are inclined to “definitely” vote against her than vote “for” her.

Definitely For Hillary 26%
Definitely Against Hillary 40%
Depends 29%

Definitely For 32%
Definitely Against 39%
Depends 25%

The Michigan poll was done April 26 and the Ohio poll was done April 27th, both of 500 likely voters.

Nobody’s Watching The Nats

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

For all the whining the people tot eh south did about not having a baseball team, they sure don’t seem to interested in actually watching now that they have tthat team. From yesterday’s Washington Post.

The Nationals’ 81 televised games are carried on two Washington stations, WDCA-20 and WTTG-5, both owned by Fox. Those ratings have translated to a mere 52,000 households out of the more than 2 million in the Washington television market, the eighth-largest in the country.

Granted there are some people in the suburbs who would watch if the local COmast cable systems would put Channel 20 on their system, but the fact that barely 2.5% of people in the area who are able to watch the game are actually watching, especially since you’d figure there is a novelty factor that hasn’t worn off yet, has got to be depressing.

Kerry On Verge Of Signing His SF-80 Form

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Just to remind everyone, this is what Mr. Kerry said back in January on Meet Tim Russert.

MR. RUSSERT: Many people who’ve been criticizing you have said: Senator, if you would just do one thing and that is sign Form 180, which would allow historians and journalists complete access to all your military records. Thus far, you have gotten the records, released them through your campaign. They say you should not be the filter. Sign Form 180 and let the historians…

SEN. KERRY: I’d be happy to put the records out. We put all the records out that I had been sent by the military. Then at the last moment, they sent some more stuff, which had some things that weren’t even relevant to the record. So when we get–I’m going to sit down with them and make sure that they are clear and I am clear as to what is in the record and what isn’t in the record and we’ll put it out. I have no problem with that.

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: But everything, Tim…

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: Yes, I will.

As we hit the 90th day since John Kerry promised to sign his SF-180 form, Decision ’08 has learned that Kerry is hard at work making sure he fulfills his promise. Their scoop starts out as thus.

# a pen has been procured from a Walmart on the outskirts of Little Rock “for substantially less than the $12,000 budgeted”;

# a special committee has been formed to discuss the best way to remove the cap from the pen;

There is more here. Just think, if he couldn’t as simple a promise as signing a form, what campaign promises would Kerry have broken if we were unlucky enough to have seen him become President? I shudder at the thought….

Frist Says He Has Enough “Nuclear Option” Votes

Friday, April 29th, 2005

From Newsmax.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist announced Thursday that Republicans in the Senate now have enough votes to pass the so-called “nuclear option,” a measure that will make it impossible for Democrats to continue to filibuster President Bush’s judicial nominees.

“We have the votes to do that,” Frist told ABC Radio host Sean Hannity.

Asked if he were sure the nuclear option vote was a done deal, Frist said, “I’m as certain as one can be in this business” – before noting that any one of his colleagues could change his mind at the last minute.

“But I am confident that we have the votes,” Frist repeated.

Cripes, this is getting tedious. If he has the votes, then what on earth is he waiting for? Through Frist’s inept and feckless handling of judicial nominees and the “nuclear option”, I have come to the conclusion that Bill Frist is completely unqualified to become President. This guy gives me absolutely zero confidence in his ability to lead, an essential requirement for a President to have.

Zell Miller Released From Hospital

Friday, April 29th, 2005

From CNN.

Former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller was released from a Gainesville, Georgia, hospital Friday after being treated for flu-like symptoms, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Miller arrived at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Thursday night and was discharged Friday at about 8 a.m. in “satisfactory condition,” said Melissa Tymchuk.

Good to hear. Zell Miller is one of my favorite Democrats, behind Maryland Comptroller-for-Life William Donald Schaefer, of course.

Open Thread 04/29/05

Friday, April 29th, 2005

Don’t forget, it is Labor Day in Mexico on Sunday. AT least that is what my desktop calendar says….

Reid Admits Democrats Can’t Win The Senate

Friday, April 29th, 2005

From The Washington Times.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid raised a few eyebrows yesterday on the Senate floor when he said it would take a “miracle” for Democrats to win enough races next year to take back the Senate.

“I would like to think a miracle would happen and we would pick up five seats this time,” he said during a floor debate over the filibusters of President Bush’s judicial nominees.
“After listening to Senator Reid’s political spin about judicial nominees for the last several weeks, it is good to hear him come back to reality — if even for a brief moment,” said Brian Nick, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “Senator Reid can do the math: A Democratic Party, plus no ideas, plus obstruction, plus over-the-top partisan rhetoric equals continued minority.”

Partisans on both sides of the aisle privately acknowledged that it was a fairly stunning remark.

Franly, there are not enough contested Republicans seats for the Democrats to be able to pick off int eh first place, which completely ignores the fact that they have plenty of vulnerable seats themselves, including now at least three open seats in Vermont, Maryland and Minnesota. The only real Republican seats that the Democrats have any chance of winning are Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and a long shot at the open Tennesse seat.

There is also a new poll from Democrat John Zogby that says, despite all the whining and complaining by Democrats about how bad things suppsoedly are, George W. Bush would still beat John Kerry, by 5%, if the 2004 election was done over.

Columbia Election Endorsements

Friday, April 29th, 2005

The elections in Columbia occur tomorrow. Out of the 10 villages, only two have contested races for the Columbia Council. Here are my endorsements for those races:

Dorsey Search – Tom O’Connor vs. Robert Ballinger: I happen to know Robert Ballinger and think he would be a great addition to the Columbia Council. I do not know the party registration of Tom O’Connor (the races are technically non-partisan), but Ballinger is a Republican and we need to get one of them on the Columbia Council. Plus Ballinger has supported Shane Pendegrass’ efforts to limit the Columbia Association tax, which I have not heard O’Connor do the same. Therefore, my endorsement goes to Robert Ballinger.

Long Reach – David Hlass versus Henry F. Dagenais: David Hlass is the incumbent and in the past few years, he has threatened Columbia Association employees, been banned from speaking at Council meetings, released confidential information of Columbia Association employees, been banned from his own village center, and accused of many other assorted indiscretions during his time on the Columbia Council. So the choice is really not a hard one. Since he adds so much entertainment value to Columbia politics, this is the reason I fully endorse David Hlass’ candidacy for re-election.

Not surprisingly, Patuxent Publishing goes completely against my endorsements. The Baltimore Sun has a round-up on tomorrow’s election.