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Glad to see Democrats taking advice from this guy

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:40 pm - September 28, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

Not until 16 years had passed after Michael Dukakis left the statehouse in Massachusetts and memories had grown dim did the voters of that most reliable of Democratic states see fit to elect another Democrat Governor.  In his 1988 bid for the White House, he won all of ten states.

And now he’s sharing his electoral strategies with the White House:

Former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis, the failed 1988 presidential nominee, recently visited the White House and delivered his strategy for the midterm elections: pound key precincts across the country with the message that Republicans want to implement the same policies that led to the Great Recession.

Yeah, that’ll work.

All this leads Doug Powers to quip, “Nobody had the heart to tell Dukakis that the Dems have decided to implement the Mondale Plan instead.”  Heh.

So Barney’s on Good Behavior this election cycle?!?!

I have long believe that the unhappy Barney Frank could lose his seat this fall.

And now others are drawing attention to his (possible) electoral woes.  You gotta wonder when one of the most mean-spirited, self-righteous members of Congress starts acting nice as Margery Eagan reports:

Here’s how I know that Barney Frank’s re-election race is tighter than he’d like.

Yesterday I asked him some questions. I was bracing to get hammered by his reply.

This time, though, he didn’t tell me I was asking something dumb. He didn’t get mad. He didn’t lecture me on what I should be asking instead.

What’s up? My guess: Barney’s on good behavior because the country’s angry. Lots of voters in his typically adoring 4th District are angry too.

So, Barney can no longer act like a two-year-old and storm off the set when someone ask him a tough question.

And note how the 15-term Congressman normally responds to his critics–by talking down to them, as if he gets to tell reporters how to cover him because he’s so smart and so important and has served so long in Congress and even, golly gee whiz, chairs a committee.

Barney’s no longer lecturing.  Guess he knows the mood of the country is going against him.  And people in his district are considering other options than being served by the man who has represented them in Congress since the dying days of the Carter Administration.

(H/t Wall Street Journal’s Political Diary — available by subscription.)

You can support Sean Bielat, the man bidding to retire Barrney, here.

Obama’s FoxNews Obsession

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:10 pm - September 28, 2010.
Filed under: Obama Dividing Us,Obama Hopenchange

Barack Obama just can’t help himself.  This postpartisan leader who sought to forge a new era of politics, devoid of the old practice of name-calling and blame-shifting would rise above it all and focus on the issues which unite us.

So confidence was he in his own positions that he would brush off any criticism, knowing that if he continued to make his case to the American people, they would give him a fair hearing.  But, he has a pebble in his shoe and can’t seem to shake it out.  And it’s called FoxNews.  He has declared . . .

. . . the cable news outlet to be “destructive to [America’s] long-term growth.”

In a more than 8,000-word interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Obama compared the cable news channel to papers owned by William Randolph Hearst at the turn of the 20th century that unabashedly pushed the media titan’s own political views.

And what, pray tell, does he call CNN or MSNBC?

UPDATE:  “Can you imagine,” Ace asks, “if George W. Bush spent 1/10 the time whining like a little girl about the press that Obama does?”

UP-UPDATE:  From the comments, Coco Rico quips, “What’s ironic is this: By singling out Fox he’s dignifying the channel in a way, and bringing himself down.”