Photography has a clear liberal bent to it, of course, especially when applied to an often painfully centrist comedian working hard (and usually succeeding) at making Broderism humorous.
- Man: I listen to Meet the Press and I think a lot of people in the room, we end up turning it off, because during the election season, you’re letting politicians get away with softball answers and you’re not really forcing the conversations.
- David Gregory: Sir, sir, you know what, with all due respect, I don’t know which program you’re watching because every week—I’m not going to get in a debate with you—I ask about taxes, I ask about how you pay for taxes, [...] And by the way sir, I’ve also dedicated the program to talking about education and about reform as well.
- Man: [but, but, but]
- David Gregory: No, sir, I get the last word here, you asked the question. Just because people don’t listen or don’t take action behind it is not something I can directly control.
- Man: I like the fact that you ask them [these questions], but you know, when we hear the answers they seem to be soundbite answers.
- David Gregory: You know what sir, you know where your recourse is—Election Day.
- NYT/CBS News Poll: 78 percent of [likely voters] said they believed Republicans in Congress should compromise some of their positions to get things done and 15 percent said they should stick to their positions even if it means getting less done.
- House Minority Leader John Boehner: This is not a time for compromise, and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles [if and when we gain the majority].
- Mike Lee, (likely: R, Utah): Our current debt is a little shy of $14 trillion. And I don't want it to increase 1 cent above the current debt limit and I will vote against that. [A Government shutdown is] an inconvenience, it would be frustrating to many, many people and it's not a great thing, and yet at the same time, it's not something that we can rule out. It may be absolutely necessary.
- Alex Seitz-Wald (ThinkProgress): [Disgraced] Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's government shutdown in 1995 was disastrous; it ended up costing taxpayers over $800 million in losses for salaries paid to furloughed employees, delayed access to Medicare and Social Security, and caused a '[m]ajor curtailment in services,' including health services, to veterans.
- Eric Cantor (R, VA, Minority Whip): No. I don't think the country needs or wants a shutdown. [We in the GOP] have to be careful [pursuing our agenda such that we're not] seen as a bunch of yahoos."
- Lemkin: I wouldn't worry about that, Cantor; that hasn't cost you a thing yet and presupposes a MSM that, you know, gives a shit about objective reality. Mark it: government will be shut down early 2011.
The Democrat’s Paragraph (emphasis added):
Even with a recent surge in fund-raising for Republican candidates, Democratic candidates have outraised their opponents over all by more than 30 percent in the 109 House races The New York Times has identified as in play. And Democratic candidates have significantly outspent their Republican counterparts over the last few months in those contests, $119 million to $79 million.
The Kicker (emphasis added):
Republican-leaning third-party groups, however, many of them financed by large, unrestricted donations that are not publicly disclosed, have swarmed into the breach, pouring more than $60 million into competitive races since July, about 80 percent more than the Democratic-leaning groups have reported spending.
See what they did there? By making a false equivalency, we can say the Democrat is wildly outspending the GOP when judged by individual candidate spending. But, of course, if you count in all the outside group spending, well, then, that uh, that tells a slightly different story. In fact, assuming these numbers are correct, the GOP is outspending The Democrat. One might even headline it:GOP and Their Shadowy Enablers Outspend Democrats by Wide Margin
But that’s not important. Move along. Move along. Keep walking.
Joe Miller, Tea Klan nominee for Senate. This certainly speaks to his bona fides for high office; it’s always a three-stage cycle: lie, lie about the details of said lie, admit the first lie (and declare it old news). The article also details the fact that he’s a tried and true ratfucker in the Rovian style:
Miller went on three of his co-workers’ computers to vote in an online poll, apparently connected with his failed effort to oust Randy Ruedrich as state Republican Party chair. Miller then cleared his colleagues’ computer caches to erase his tracks, in the process clearing out their passwords and saved websites.
But why no whisper campaign about Ruedrich’s sexuality? Amateur hour.
We’re going to have to start with phonics, and only then move up to vocabulary.
- President Obama: [Democrats need to have an] appropriate sense of humility about what we can accomplish; [to that end, I pledge to] spend more time building consensus."
- Mitch McConnell, (R, KY): The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.