The Rising of the Moon

An ongoing synopsis of politics, government and public policy. Those dreary boring things that effect the lives of each and every one of us.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Another I told you so...

This time it's disgraced and indicted Republican former House Representative Tom Delay. He's enjoying his pre-trial time off blogging at the radical conservative extremist blog site Red State. He's rewriting history to his own benefit, claiming, as you've already heard, that the Republicans lost the election, the Democrats did not win it. Repeat the lie enough times and it becomes truth.

via Raw Story

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via numerous sources
According to Reuters and various other sources, GW is mulling over a pre-emptive strike against Iran. So far there are no indications of what excuse the WH pro-war team will use for attacking yet another nation half-way around the globe. But have no fear: Bush's war drums are following the same sheet music as they did the last time, so the excuses are sure to mount and change.
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Sen. Coleman moves to the middle by steering Right

Right-wing (and former Democrat) attack dog Senator Norm Coleman greeted last week's shift in the American political landscape by saying that he was someone who could work with both sides. It's an obvious move "to the middle" by someone the White House and other extremist elements of the Republican party turned to when they wanted a mouthpiece to attack the UN or critics of "The War on TerraTM."

However, Coleman's new bipartisan stance took an interesting tilt yesterday when his office announced the Republican flip-flopper's plans "
to block states and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from limiting the pollution that causes global warming." Coleman may be the "Senior Senator" from Minnesota come January, but he'll soon learn that the White House will not be able to get everything it wants.

via MnPublius

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Who will never negotiate with terrorists?

via AmericaBlog

Seems like Fox "News" may have broken with their stalwart right-wing base and done a little deal with the devil (not that I blame them). Appears that someone close to, or in the organization paid off the Palestinian terror group which had kidnaCentanni and Olag Wig in the Gaza Strip last summer.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

And So It Starts

"Sheehan, others form group, rally for impeachment"

From Raw Story

You knew it had to come: People want it. This item on RawStory quotes numerous polls which show that between 51 and 86 percent of Americans favor impeaching George Bush and/or Dick Cheney under a variety of conditions. Speaker-of-the-House-to-be Nancy Pelosi said before the election that impeachment "was off the table," as far as she was concerned, clearing voter concerns that electing Democrats to take over Congress would lead to an immediate bloodbath in the Whitehouse. But it is neither Pelosi nor her compatriots in the newly elected Congress who are now calling for impeachment. Instead it is a coalition of citizen's groups who are seeking redress with the new Congress. The question is: how much or many in the new order will head the call for impeachment?

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Fighting the Big Lie

Ok, I get some support in my contention that the right-wing is pushing a "we didn't really lose" meme.

Over at Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo Cafe, M.J. Rosenberg beats back the big Republican lie, that the Democrats have no mandate: "The voters didn't vote for them; they voted against Republicans." I agree with Rosenberg, that's a "load of crap."

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Resisting Sarcasm

It's hard, harder than you may realize to resist the sarcasm that's so prevalent in left-leaning blogs. Information coming out of the Right Wing Noise Machine is always so pro-Bush/Pro-war-of-any-kind-by-W that it's an easy trap to become sarcastic whenever the real news isn't so good for the simian boy king.

For example: our right-wing controlled corporate media loves to go on about how wonderful Bush is how he is such a "popular" president. The reality of the numbers shows no such indication. He's been below 40 percent so long I can't remember a time when he wasn't and 50 percent is a long dead memory. Yet our conservative corporate media repeatedly announces a "bounce" in the polls whenever there's a micromovement of the numbers. Hence a shift from 36 to 37 percent become a major vindication of Bush's policy. But then the drop from 35 or 36 percent down to a frigid 33 or 31 percent? Well, it would be easy for me to tout yet another "Bush Bounce!!!" Yeah, well, sarcasm gets old quickly and it's really only for the too-cool-for-school kids at the back of the classroom. Most people don't "get it," the sarcasm or its intent, and it makes the left look all too smarmy and pleased with itself.

So let's just look at the facts: Bush's numbers after the election have taken yet another dive. Newsweek has him at a 31 percent approval rating and today's USA Today/Gallup Poll tag him at 33 percent. There's no good news for Bush or the right-wing. They lost big, their policies are a shambles, Bushes war is a total and complete disaster in both concept and execution. There is no positive side to the election for Bush and his pals, despite what "uber genius" Karl Rove claims.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

I Told You So

Newsweek spreads the right-wing meme: The Election was Good for Conservatism. This and "Daddy Bush" repeatedly comes to the rescue of his son who would be king.
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Back To Work

Congress is back in Washington for what we can expect to be an interesting "lame duck" session. The House freshman started their orientation this morning, while sitting and outgoing members try to refocus on legislation awaiting action before the end of the year.

The "all new" George Bush sounds a lot like the old one. After declaring (or begging for) a new era of bipartisanship Bush is trying to push through confirmation of radical John Bolton as Ambassador to the U.N.  and Robert Gates as Sec. of Defense, as well as his illegal wiretapping law. The more things change the more they stay the same.
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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Feingold Skips 2008 Race for Presidency

Received an email from Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold in the wee hours of this morning. The long and short of it tells us that he's choosing not to run for the Presidency in 2008. The full text is below:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

On Sunday, November 12th in Racine, I will hold my
1000th Listening Session with the people of
Wisconsin. Before reaching that milestone, I want you to know
that I've decided to continue my role as Wisconsin's Junior
Senator in the U.S. Senate and not to seek the Democratic
nomination for President in 2008.

Like many Americans, I am excited by the results of the
November 7th election. My fourteen years in the
Senate have been the greatest privilege of my life and I am
extremely pleased with what we have accomplished. During so much
of that time, however, we Democrats have not only been in the
minority but have often been so deeply mired there that my role
has often been to block bad ideas or to simply dissent. That is
a very important role but I relish the thought that in this new
Congress we can start, not only to undo much of the damage that
one-party rule has done to America, we can actually advance
progressive solutions to such major issues as guaranteed
healthcare, dependence on oil, and our unbalanced trade
policies. The Senate of the 110th Congress could also
well be a place of greater bi-partisan opportunities for change;
something I am very proud to have been effective at in both
Republican and Democratic Senates.

I hope all of you know how much I have appreciated the
incredible response you have given me and the efforts of our
Progressive Patriots Fund since January, 2005. In addition to
all of our work in Wisconsin and D.C., I have traveled to
seventeen states trying to promote the election of progressive
Democrats in all states. At every stop from Birmingham, Alabama
to Burlington, Vermont, to Ft. Dodge, Iowa, to Las Vegas,
Nevada, people have agreed with my view that we need to stand up
for a strong, principled Democratic party that is willing to
replace timidity with taking the risks of promoting a platform
of bold solutions to our nation's problems. Unfailingly, people
responded well to my positions: opposition to the Iraq
war; calling for a timeline to redeploy our troops from Iraq so
we can focus on those who attacked us on September
11th, 2001; my opposition to the flawed provisions of
the USA Patriot Act that threaten the freedoms of law-abiding
Americans; my call for accountability for the Administration's
arrogant disregard for the law especially with regard to illegal
wiretapping; fighting for fiscal responsibility including tough
common sense budget rules that will help end the reckless
policies that have heaped a mountain of debt on our children and
grandchildren; as well as my strong belief in guaranteed
healthcare for all Americans and substantial investment in
alternative energy sources and technologies.

Yet, while I've certainly enjoyed the repeated comments or
buttons saying, "Run Russ Run", or "Russ in '08", I often felt
that if a piece of Wisconsin swiss cheese had taken the same
positions I've taken, it would have elicited the same standing
ovations. This is because the hunger for progressive change we
feel is obviously not about me but about the desire for a
genuinely different Democratic Party that is ready to begin to
reverse the 25 years of growing extremism we have endured.

I'm sure a campaign for President would have been a great
adventure and helpful in advancing a progressive agenda. At this
time, however, I believe I can best advance that progressive
agenda as a Senator with significant seniority in the new Senate
serving on the Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Judiciary and
Budget Committees. Although I have given it a lot of thought, I
cannot muster the same enthusiasm for a race for President while
I am trying simultaneously to advance our agenda in the Senate.
In other words, if I really wanted to run for President,
regardless of the odds or other possible candidates, I would do
so. However, to put my family and all of my friends and
supporters through such a process without having a very strong
desire to run, seems inappropriate to me. And, yes, while I
would strongly prefer that our nominee in 2008 be someone who
had the judgment to oppose the Iraq war from the beginning, I am
prepared to work as hard as I can through the Progressive
Patriots Fund, and consistent with my duties in the Senate, to
maintain or increase our gains from November 7 in the Congress
and, of course, to elect a Democrat as President in 2008.

Most important, I want to continue my work as a Senator from
this wonderful State of Wisconsin. Our fourteen year ongoing
conversation that has taken place in hundreds of communities in
Wisconsin in the form of open Listening Sessions is the
principal reason I have been perceived as "ahead of the curve"
on many key issues. Simply listening to the reasoning and
passions of Wisconsinites remains the best source of good ideas
and common sense I've ever encountered.

I love this country very much and am so lucky to be able to
serve it in the United States Senate. My heartfelt thanks to all
of you for your support and encouragement.



Russ Feingold

Middleton, Wisconsin

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