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This picture sends the most coherent message I’ve heard yet out of the Occupy Wall Street Protests:

If that sarcastic humor doesn’t make you laugh on a Friday afternoon, then you’ve got issues.

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If people trusted MPP’s take on last night’s speech, they’d think that Chip Cravaack’s missing President Obama’s campaign speech address to a joint session of Congress was an act of treason. Thankfully, people aren’t stupid enough to think that missing last night’s rehash of this administration’s failed policies was a big deal.

President Barack Obama addressed a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday evening, presenting his plan for job creation and economic growth. Members from both sides of the aisle eagerly gathered to hear the details of the American Jobs Act. All it seems except the Darling of the Tea Party, Michele Bachmann (MN06) and her protégée Chip Cravaack (MN08/NH).

Bachmann claims transportation issues kept her from arriving in time for the Presidential address. But Cravaack, who was in the District, was instead “huddled with staffers” according to his office.

Let me get this straight: a United States congressman representing an area with higher than average unemployment blows off a Joint Session of Congress convened to hear an important job creation and economic development policy initiative from the President of the United States, choosing instead to “huddle” with a staffer?


That the former naval officer so blatantly thumbed his nose at his Commander in Chief and refused to attend a mission-essential meeting is indeed shocking. I wonder how this behavior would be viewed in the military? Insubordination and dereliction of duty come to mind.

The first thing that jumps to mind is that KeewatinRose needs some valium because she’s obviously hyperventillating and delirious. The next thing that leaps to mind is that KR is overstating the military charges in an attempt to make it sound like missing last night’s speech was essential to representing Chip’s district. The other thing it tells me is that KR worships at the altar of President Obama’s failed economic policies.

The first question people should ask is whether KR understands that a sitting member of Congress isn’t a member of the military anymore. The next question people should ask is whether KR understands that a president’s commander-in-chief authority only extends to military matters.

With far left lefties, it isn’t certain whether they’re just playing a drama queen or if they’re that clueless about the military. If I had to bet, I’d bet that KR isn’t that ignorant, that she’s just trying to make a big stink about a nothing incident.

Chip was more productive huddling with his staffers than he would’ve been listening to President Obama relitigate the failed policies of the past 32 months.

Rather than criticizing Chip for supposedly missing the economic speech of the century, people should praise Chip for having the common sense to avoid having his mind polluted by a president whose only understanding of capitalism is that of crony capitalism.

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Following Gabby Giffords’ shooting in Tuscon, AZ, President Obama called for a new tone. He was right in that there is a hateful tone in America. Unfortunately, he didn’t name who the principle hatemongers are. I’m confident that was intentional because the vast majority of hate is located in what’s frequently called his political base.

This past weekend, it was announced that Sarah Palin would be the featured speaker at a fundraiser for military families. A day later, those plans had changed:

A foundation hosting a charity gala for military families canceled its plans to feature former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at the event after “an onslaught of negative feedback” received by the organization.

The Colorado-based Sharon K Pacheco Foundation, which also support at-risk youth, announced Friday that Palin would be a host at its 2011 Patriots and Warriors Charity Gala. The next day, the foundation announced it canceled Palin’s appearance.

“Due to an onslaught of personal attacks against Governor Palin and others associated with her appearance, it is with deep sadness and disappointment that, in the best interest of all, we cancel the event for safety concerns,” the foundation announced on its website. The site still featured a picture of Palin next to the announcement she had been canceled.

The “onslaught of personal attacks against Gov. Palin didn’t come from conservatives. They came from the hateful left. Jim Hoft, the purveyor of Gateway Pundit, has written extensively about the Hateful Left’s thuggery, starting with SEIU’s physical attack against Kenneth Gladney:

St. Louis County police say six people were arrested. Two of those were arrested on suspicion of assault, one of resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing peace disturbances. Carnahan was gone when the ruckus started.

Kenneth Gladney, a 38-year-old conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with “Don’t tread on me” printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room of the St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was waiting to be treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face that he suffered in the attack. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack started.

“It just seems there’s no freedom of speech without being attacked,” he said.

That isn’t the only hate-filled attack by the Hateful Left that Jim’s written about:

Outside the Russ Carnahan town hall meeting on Thursday August 6, 2009, a SEIU Carnahan supporter smashed a woman tea party protester in the face with her camera. The woman was filming the assault by SEIU members on black conservative Kenneth Gladney.

Jim isn’t the only person to deal with the Hateful Left’s vitriol. Susan Ferrechio jumps into the fray with this article in the DC Examiner:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., are decrying an “ugly campaign” by angry mobs who are disrupting town hall meetings to discuss health care reform.

The two top House Democrats penned an op-ed piece in USA Today to promote the Health Care reform legislation that is now making its way through the Congress. The bill has a price tag of more than $1 trillion and would be funded by tax increases. It would create a massive government-run insurance plan and would cut back on Medicare expenditures.

As lawmakers try to sell the plan at August town hall meetings in their districts, some have been met with angry crowds who are opposed to the steep cost of the plan and the scope of the government takeover.

Pelosi and Hoyer called the disruptions, “an ugly campaign,” designed “not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue.”

Pelosi and Hoyer pointed to incidents involving protesters hanging lawmakers in effigy, displaying their names on tombstones and generally shouting down any meaningful discussion.

Pelosi and Hoyer called the acts “simply un-American.”

We The People remember the comments made during that “ugly campaign” designed to “prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue.” Newsreal wrote about the Hateful Left’s tactics in this post:

Indeed, HCAN published a “playbook” earlier this summer, advising supporters of socialized medicine to adopt the following specific strategies for minimizing the visibility and influence of the protesters:

  • You must bring enough people to drown them [the protesters] out.
  • Arrive earlier than the other side does: we need to stack our folks in the front to create a wall around the Member [of Congress].
  • When the other side gets too loud, we should shut them down with chants that counter their message like “Health Care Can’t Wait!” and “Health Care Delayed Is Health Care Denied!”
  • Another way to limit protesters ability to hijack your event is to confiscate signs or leaflets that they may bring into the venue from outside. The best way to do this is to make a blanket rule that no one can bring signs or leaflets.
  • You can distribute your own signs in the event and offer them one as they enter if you choose to allow them to enter.
  • It’s important that you take away right wingers’ opportunities to talk with reporters by making sure that your staff or leaders are in constant contact with the media who attend.”

What was that, Minority Leader Pelosi? I couldn’t hear you over the Hateful Left’s thug tactics.

That’s before we start discussing SEIU’s thug tactics in Montgomery County, Maryland:

Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer. Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America a senior executive based in Washington, D.C. And that, in the minds of the organizers at the politically influential Service Employees International Union and a Chicago outfit called National Political Action, makes his family fair game.

Waving signs denouncing bank “greed,” hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer’s teenage son Jack, alone in the house, locked himself in the bathroom. “When are they going to leave?” Jack pleaded when I called to check on him.

If I wanted to make this my life’s mission, I could go on and on and on and on about the Hateful Left’s evil actions. The actions just in this post include a) crimes like assault and trespassing, b) political leaders calling grassroots activists’ protests because they’re worried about health care policy un-American and c) the Hateful Left’s scripted plans for how to drown out well-intentioned, policy-oriented protests against the government’s takeover of the health insurance industry.

I put this list, which is anything but comprehensive, together in less than an hour. Much less, in fact. The reality is that I’m just scratching the surface on this.

The point of all this is that President Obama’s call for a new tone rings hollow. If he cares about setting a new tone, he’d call out the Hateful Left and their thug-like tactics. He would’ve criticized SEIU for trespassing on Don Baer’s lawn while terrorizing their son. He would’ve criticized SEIU for beating Kenneth Gladney for selling Don’t Tread On Me flags outside a health care town hall meeting in St. Louis.

He should’ve criticized Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer for calling concerned citizens worried about President Obama’s takeover of the health insurance industry un-American. He should’ve criticized HCAN for putting together a plan that insulated legislators from their constituents.

That he didn’t speaks volumes.

I don’t think President Obama is part of the Hateful Left but HCAN and SEIU definitely are.

President Obama owes the nation an apology for not speaking out against the vilest vitriol coming from his party’s base. HCAN should be shunned by all thoughtful Democrats. Where applicable, SEIU should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Anything less is justice denied.

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During the peak of Bill Clinton’s administration, the Democratic Leadership Council, with politicians like Joe Lieberman, John Breaux and Evan Bayh on board, played a significant policy role within the Democratic Party. This article, unfortunately, tells of the end of that once-influential wing of the Democratic Party:

The Democratic Leadership Council, the iconic centrist organization of the Clinton years, is out of money and could close its doors as soon as next week, a person familiar with the plans said Monday.

The DLC, a network of Democratic elected officials and policy intellectuals had long been fading from its mid-’90s political relevance, tarred by the left as a symbol of “triangulation” at a moment when there’s little appetite for intra-party warfare on the center-right. The group tried, but has failed, to remake itself in the summer of 2009, when its founder, Al From, stepped down as president. Its new leader, former Clinton aide Bruce Reed, sought to remake the group as a think tank, and the DLC split from its associated think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute.

This just makes official what’s been known since August, 2006:

But regardless of all that, the hard reality is that the voters have spoken, and their message was loud and clear: there’s no longer room for Joe Lieberman in the Democratic Party. And alas, tonight’s result will reverberate through the November elections and into the 2008 presidential campaign. It’s really much more than just a single primary in a single state; it’s a shot across the bow of moderate Democrats everywhere. And so, whatever further ramifications this result might have, there’s one thing it definitely means, one result that is officially cast in stone, as of today:
I am no longer a Democrat.

That’s the night Brendan Loy’s announcement told the world that Pelosi’s progressives had taken over the Democratic Party. It’s when people like Markos Moulitsas and Arianna Huffington thought that they’d taken over the Democratic Party and that there’d be nothing but smooth sailing ahead.

Those days are long gone, with November’s elections reproving the fact that we’re still a center-right nation.

During the health care takeover debate, a number of votes proved that there’s no such thing as a centrist Democrat anymore. When supposed centrists like Bart Stupak and Ben Nelson voted the same way that extremists like Bernie Sanders and Dennis Kucinich voted, that’s proof positive that centrism is dead within the Democratic Party.

The DLC is already showing signs of disrepair. Its website currently leads a Harold Ford op-ed from last November, titled, “Yes we can collaborate.” It lists as its staff just four people, and has only one fellow.

The biggest reason why money isn’t coming into the DLC’s coffers is because donors want a seat at the Democratic table. That table is now located significantly farther to the left than it was during the Clinton administration.

That’s a negative for the Democratic Party. Their tent is rapidly shrinking. They aren’t appealing to independents. Tax increases and out-of-control spending aren’t in style. That’s what the Democratic now stands for.

UPDATE: Make sure and read the Lady Logician’s take on this, too.

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It isn’t surprising to me that ABM isn’t even marginally interested in the truth. I first wrote about their disinterest in intellectual honesty way back om May 27:

The Alliance for a Better Minnesota isn’t building a reputation for telling the truth. Frankly, their scare tactics aren’t working in defining Tom Emmer. Anyone with half a brain knows that their accusations are either dishonest or the rantings of a paranoid person. And I’m fairly certain that few voters think that paranoid people get the funding for this type of website.

Despite ABM’s extensive funding by the Dayton family and the corrupt unions that have endorsed him, Sen. Dayton doesn’t seem to have much influence on them. Despite his exhortations for a positive campaign, Dayton Family, Inc. and the Dayton family gaggle of special interest allies, ABM keeps putting out garbage about Tom Emmer. Here’s a great example of ABM’s exaggerations:

ABetterMN Tom Emmer logic: can’t cut JOBZ because we’ve invested so much, but A-OK to kick tens of thousands off health care, state aid programs.

As usual, this isn’t close to accurate. If I had a sawbuck for each time one of ABM’s lies is told or repeated, I’d be as rich as Mark Dayton.

Here’s the truth: Tom Emmer said that he wouldn’t close JOBZ because commitments were made to companies through JOBZ, commitments that the state should honor. Not that ABM would know this but men of integrity keep their promises.

As for their line that Tom Emmer wants to “kick tens of thousands off health care”, that’s just a bald-faced lie. Tom Emmer has repeatedly stated that he wants to reform GAMC and MinnesotaCare and stabilize the cost of taxpayer-subsidized health care for less well off.

ABM knows that but they’re committed to their fabrications because winning is more important than telling the truth.

Based on Ed’s post, it appears that ABM is just one of the progressive crazies afflicted with an inability to tell the truth:

Since late 2007, the Media Research Center has collected numerous examples of the outrageousness of left-wing radio hosts. And, unlike the Left, which attempted to smear Rush Limbaugh with phony quotes, readers can find an audio or video of every one of these quotes posted at our Web site:

This report includes examples of over-the-top rhetoric from left-wing hosts Mike Malloy, Stephanie Miller, Randi Rhodes, Ron Reagan, Jr., Ed Schultz and Montel Williams, all of whom currently or at one time broadcast to a national audience on either the Air America network or via XM and/or Sirius satellite radio. Among the lowlights:

–  Conservatives Want to Kill Barack Obama: “I really think there are conservative broadcasters in this country who would love to see Obama taken out.” (Ed Schultz)

–  Conservatives Are Terrorists: “Do you not understand that the people you hold up as heroes bombed your goddamn country? Do you not understand that Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly are as complicit of the September 11, 2001 terror attack as any one of the dumbass 15 who came from Saudi Arabia?“ (Mike Malloy)

–  Conservatives Want You to Die: “If, in fact, the GOP doesn’t like any form of health care reform, what do we do with those 40 to 60 million uninsured?” When they show up in the emergency room, just shoot ’em! Kill them! Do we have enough body bags? I don’t know.” (Montel Williams)

–  Conservative Congresswoman Would Have Liked the Holocaust: “[Representative Michele Bachmann is] a hatemonger. She’s the type of person that would have gladly rounded up the Jews in Germany and shipped them off to death camps“.This is an evil bitch from Hell.” (Mike Malloy)

Having spoken with Michele about Israel, it’s apparent that Malloy doesn’t have a clue about what Michele thinks about Israel and the Jewish people. In truth, she’s a staunch ally of Israel, unlike the current occupant of the White House.

As for Ed Schultz’s accusation that conservatives want President Obama taken out, that’s only true if you’re talking about defeating him in the election of 2012. Otherwise, I’d argue that Schultz’s accusation is based on projection, not on anything concrete. Schultz isn’t the only fringe lefty to make that accusation. Chris Matthews has talked about conservatives taking President Obama out, too.

My point is this: ABM is only one of the fringe left’s members of the Lie Factory. ABM isn’t that much different from liars like Mike Malloy, Eddie Schultz and Janeane Garofalo. ABM, Mike Malloy, Eddie Schultz and Janeane Garofalo struggle to tell the truth when it comes to talking about a true conservative.

The fringe lefties like ABM and others ran out of ideas in the late 1970s. That isn’t just my opinion. That’s the conclusion that the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, (D-NY), reached just prior to Reagan’s election in 1980.

ABM understands that their candidate, the one they’ve bought and paid for, can’t win on having superior policies. That’s why they’re resorting to their traditional lies earlier than usual this year.

Once Tom’s ads start highlighting his positive, pro-growth policies and Mark Dayton’s anti-capitalist policies, this race will quickly flip.

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This weekend, the DFL’s astroturf machine was in full operation. According to this Fergus Forum article, protests were held at Target stores across the nation:

Thousands of protesters, including several in Fergus Falls, showed up at Target stores across the country to protest a controversial $150,000 donation that Target Corp. made to an organization backing Republican Tom Emmer for governor.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the controversy started when Target made the choice to donate to MN Forward, a business organization, that is backing candidate Tom Emmer, a vocal opponent of gay marriage, for governor. After the contribution was made public, Target faced complaints from employees and calls for a national boycott by several liberal groups.

The next paragraph was revealing to me:

Rea Sasseville, a participant in Saturday’s protest in Fergus Falls, said “We want them (Target) to stop using money to fund political candidates when thousands of Americans are unemployed.” Sasseville pointed out that Target’s $150,000 donation could easy hire three full-time employees, in a time when many jobs are being transferred overseas.

According to this website, Rea Sasseville is a DFL officer in Ottertail County, which is where Fergus Falls is located. What’s got me laughing is this report:

Thousands of protesters, including several in Fergus Falls, showed up at Target stores across the country…

WOW!!! Several astroturfed protesters showed up at the Fergus Falls Target store. I’m sure Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel started quaking in his boots the minute he got that report.

I’d take these protest articles more seriously if progressives didn’t have a lengthy, well-chronicled history of rent-a-mob protests. The people who organize these rent-a-mob protests are about one thing: doing whatever it takes to make it look like there’s genuine grassroots support for the Left’s extremist special interest groups.

Lest there be any doubt that these are astroturf protests, ABM is touting via Twitter the protests across the nation. The bottom line is this: It’s easy to activate the SEIU’s astroturf machinery: contribute to a corporate PAC that supports pro-growth candidates and candidates that believe in enforcing existing border security laws.

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I normally don’t pay attention to political hacks like Paul Krugman but his latest column is proof that he’s stopped caring about being intellectually honest. Instead, he seems to prefer being the political cover for the Insane Left’s economic agenda. Here’s what he said that’s utterly ridiculous:

Mr. Ryan has become the Republican Party’s poster child for new ideas thanks to his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” a plan for a major overhaul of federal spending and taxes. News media coverage has been overwhelmingly favorable; on Monday, The Washington Post put a glowing profile of Mr. Ryan on its front page, portraying him as the G.O.P.’s fiscal conscience. He’s often described with phrases like “intellectually audacious.”

But it’s the audacity of dopes. Mr. Ryan isn’t offering fresh food for thought; he’s serving up leftovers from the 1990s, drenched in flimflam sauce.

Mr. Ryan’s plan calls for steep cuts in both spending and taxes. He’d have you believe that the combined effect would be much lower budget deficits, and, according to that Washington Post report, he speaks about deficits “in apocalyptic terms.” And The Post also tells us that his plan would, indeed, sharply reduce the flow of red ink: “The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan would cut the budget deficit in half by 2020.”

But the budget office has done no such thing. At Mr. Ryan’s request, it produced an estimate of the budget effects of his proposed spending cuts — period. It didn’t address the revenue losses from his tax cuts.

The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has, however, stepped into the breach. Its numbers indicate that the Ryan plan would reduce revenue by almost $4 trillion over the next decade. If you add these revenue losses to the numbers The Post cites, you get a much larger deficit in 2020, roughly $1.3 trillion.

First things first. The last I looked, the 1990s, which Krugman now writes derisively about, was a time when John Kasich and Bill Clinton cut spending, cut taxes and grew surpluses.

That’s the model that Paul Ryan is following with a notable exception. Paul Ryan actually wants to deal with entitlement spending, which should be viewed in apocalyptic terms.

Unfortunately, in Krugman’s rose-colored world, the failed stimulus wasn’t big enough.

Let’s look at Krugman’s perspective from a different angle. What Mr. Krugman is arguing is that giving capitalists an incentive to put their capital at risk and that cutting spending to rational levels will produce the same deficits as President Obama’s plan.

This isn’t just an insult to our intelligence, it’s an insight into the mind of an elitist. Mr. Krugman thinks that he can say anything and have people believe him. When Mr. Krugman stopped caring about economic accuracy and became interested in being the Insane Left’s political hack on all things economic, he lost his credibility.

The shameful thing is that he hasn’t figured out that he isn’t credible anymore, that people are ridiculing him instead. It’s a shame because he used to be a credible economist at one time.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

Thanks to this video, voters in Minnesota’s Sixth District will get to see Tarryl Clark expose herself as a far left lefty:

Thanks to Tarryl’s press release, we get a glimpse into Tarryl’s courtship of hate-filled progressives:

I’m Tarryl Clark, and I’m the candidate who will defeat Michele Bachmann on November 2! I’m looking forward to seeing you at Netroots Nation.

Across the country, you, the Netroots, have rallied to send a message that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s unique brand of divisive rhetoric would not be tolerated. You’ve kept vigilant watch as Congresswoman Bachmann has gone under the white-hot spotlights of the cable talk show circuit again and again. And you’ve called her out: when she called on a conservative crowd to “slit our wrists” and “become blood brothers” in the efforts to defeat health care reform. When she called net neutrality an Obama plot to censor the Internet. When she said the American people needed to be “weaned off” Social Security and Medicare. Her comments aren’t just outrageous or headline grabbing; they’re part of her agenda for America. They tell whose side she’s on, and it’s not ours.

We’re holding her accountable. But our work won’t be done until we bring an end to Congresswoman Bachmann’s agenda by winning this election.

Washington isn’t working for the people of my district, and neither is Michele Bachmann. They deserve better. They deserve a representative to will always be on their side. And that’s exactly where I’ll be.

As the Senator from Central Minnesota, I’ve stood with the people I represent, not the special interests. When insurance companies refused to give consumers the coverage they paid for, I wrote a law to hold them accountable. The insurance companies spent nearly a million dollars to defeat the bill but we fought back. And we won. When banks targeted seniors offering risky reverse mortgages, we empowered seniors to get the facts and take action. When predatory lenders put families at risk, we helped them stay in their homes through the Subprime Borrower Relief Act.

And when Congresswoman Bachmann has flat-out refused to help our area, to rebuild an unsafe bridge, to bring new forms of transit like the Northstar commuter rail, or to invest in our colleges and universities, we stepped up and got it done without her.

I’ve never shied away from the tough fights. And this is the fight of our life. For the past four years, the people of the 6th have had a representative who fights every day for a personal agenda that benefits the special interests, who has left them behind as she travels the country speaking at Tea Party rallies. And they’ve had enough. They’re ready for new leadership who will fight for them.

But to get the job done, I need you. You have been able to shine the spotlight on Congresswoman Bachmann’s controversial, misleading, and flat-out-wrong pronouncements. You have been the voice for what is right: calling on Washington to do more to create jobs, to hold Wall Street accountable, and to make health care work for real Americans.

I want you to be a part of this campaign. I’m looking forward to meeting you at Netroots Nation. I’ll be speaking as part of the closing program on Saturday night; my campaign will be at Booth #303 in the Exhibit Hall; and we’re hosting a party with Lizz Winstead on Saturday night. I hope to see you all there.

This post on the DailyKos shows the roster of radicals that Tarryl wants help from. Check out the guest list:

Saturday night keynote speaker Sen. Al Franken, you’ll hear from…Ed Schultz…Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Raul Grijalva…Van Jones, Rich Trumka…Markos Moulitsas, Tarryl Clark [and] Gerald McEntee.

Al Franken isn’t a centrist though I could make a plausible argument that he’s a centrist compared to Rep. Grijalva, Van Jones and Alan Grayson.

Rep. Grijalva represents Arizona’s 7th District. Despite representing a district in Arizona, Rep. Grijalva has also called for a boycott of Arizona.

Rep. Alan Grayson is the whack job who accused Republicans of having a health care plan that calls on people who get ill to “die quickly.” Van Jones is a self-described communist.

Tarryl wants these people to support her. Tarryl wants radical extremists to help her get elected.

People didn’t want to believe that President Obama was a radical based on his radical associations with Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Father Pfleger and Jeremiah Wright. Now that they know he’s a radical, the coalition is crumbling because they’ve got buyer’s remorse.

The good news in MN-06 is that Tarryl is trailing by 9 points with only 5% of likely voters undecided. I’ve said all along that Tarryl faced an uphill fight. I’m more certain of that now than when the campaign started. That’s before talking about the massive warchest that Michele has put together. While Tarryl has started going negative in July, never a good sign, Michele is building a warchest that will overwhelm Tarryl. (The really bad news for Tarryl is that Michele hasn’t really started using that money.)

Rest assured that when Michele starts flooding the airwaves with ads telling the 6th District’s businesses that Tarryl voted repeatedly to raise their taxes and that Tarryl supports the huge new tax increases hidden in the Obamacare bill, Tarryl’s goose will be cooked.

The dirty little secret in St. Cloud is that Tarryl was facing an uphill re-election fight for her senate seat, mostly because she convinced business owners that she was a centrist. By the time John Pederson announced his candidacy, those business owners had lined up solidly behind John.

For all of Tarryl’s happy talk, like her interview with UpTake, it isn’t based in reality. Tarryl’s fighting a good fight but it’s an uphill fight nonetheless.

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Watching the Twitter traffic from the DFL convention in Duluth, one thing is abundantly clear: the DFL isn’t even close to being united heading into the primary campaign. That, by itself, will be a tough fight squandering lots of the candidates’ money.

Once they’re into the primary campaign, Speaker Kelliher, Susan Gertner, Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza will work hard to out-liberal the other. Here’s a picture of the conversation:

Speaker Kelliher, aka MAK: I’ll keep my promise to John Marty & get single-payer passed if elected.

Sen. Dayton: I’ll raise taxes on the rich if elected. (I’ll raise them fast, too.)

Matt Entenza: I’ll spend like crazy. (After all, he’s always talking about how we aren’t “investing enough” in Minnesota.)

Susan Gaertner, as far as I can tell, doesn’t have a message or a reason for being in the race unless she’s running for Lt. Gov.

Here’s a sampling of some of the discordant tweets:

An upset Rybak delegate just came up to me and said, “Mark my words. Governor Tom Emmer.”

When Noah Kunin tweeted that MAK had been endorsed, Dusty Trice replied “It doesn’t really energize the crowd, does it? They should go with a scorpion drop next time.”

Tom Scheck reported that Tom “Rukavina says he’s disappointed Kelliher dropped Lit with him in it”, referring to a lit piece distributed to the conventioneers by MAK organizers immediately after Rep. Rukavina endorsed MAK during his speech announcing he was dropping out.

Javier Morillo, the president of SEIU Local 26, said that “Rybak has more elected delegates. Supers hijacking convention.” Earlier, in responding to a PIM report that Rep. Rukavina was going to support MAK, Morillo said that the “endorsement doesn’t belong to legislature, belongs to the people.” He then said that “this endorsement does not belong to deals. It belongs to the grassroots”.

MzKirkpatrick reported that “Dayton folks remind all DFL candidate folks that they are selecting second runnerup so don’t waste time.”

To be fair, it wasn’t all doom and gloom, as these Tweets prove:


Favorite moment yet: In Q&A, Ole Saviour recommends Democrats change their mascot from a donkey to a unicorn.

christruscott: “Wasn’t Jesus a socialist? He shared. He kicked the bankers out of the temple, didn’t he?” Tom Rukavina.

MAK will have a tough time connecting with voters after thanking “John Marty for keeping health care in the forefront” before saying that she’s “looking forward to making the MN Health Plan a reality.”

Promising enactment of a single-payer health care plan is a political loser. While it’s obvious that MAK said this to win the endorsement, bloggers like myself will remind voters that she made this statement. My hope for MAK is that the albatross she put around her neck doesn’t cause permanent damage to her neck.

The bigger point to all this is that, while the DFL candidates try to outliberal each other while vying for their special interests’ hearts and minds, the GOP candidate will talk with Minnesotans about his vision for making Minnesota a prosperous state once again.

This won’t help the DFL this fall. They’ll devote most of their time to talking with their special interest allies. Meanwhile, the GOP candidate will be focusing his entire attention to speaking with mainstreet Minnesotans. That image won’t be lost on Minnesotans because it’s the image national Democrats started projecting a year ago.

Couple that with the unions’ discontent with AG Lori Swanson for her unionbusting activities and you have the potential for widespread discord within the DFL. That’s the last thing the DFL can afford going into a tough election year.

Just as important as the discord at the DFL convention is the DFL’s message. Like the American people, Minnesotans don’t want tax increases and ‘investments’ to stimuluate the economy. That’s the DFL’s message. Spend. Tax. Spend some more. The MNGOP’s reply is simple: Live within your means, start setting sensible priorities and start saying no to the special interest parasites.

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During this afternoon’s visit to Memeorandum, this post positively leaped off the page at me:

Obama/Bush Nearly Evenly Divided

It’s worth digging into the short post:

Americans are now pretty evenly divided about whether they would rather have Barack Obama or George W. Bush in the White House. 48% prefer Obama while 46% say they would rather have the old President back.

Bush had atrocious approval ratings for his final few years in office, particularly because he lost a lot of support from Republicans and conservative leaning independents. Those folks may not have liked him but they now say they would rather have him back than Obama. 87% of GOP voters now say they would prefer Bush, a number a good deal higher than Bush’s approval rating within his party toward the tail end of his Presidency. Democrats predictably go for Obama by an 86/10 margin, and independents lean toward him as well by a 49/37 spread.

What’s interesting is the Nutroots’ reaction to this polling. Here’s FireDogLake’s take on the polling:

I’m sorry, I don’t think this can just be chalked up to the lingering high unemployment. This has to be the result of Obama not consistently and forcefully distancing himself from Bush, both rhetorically and through policy. I just don’t see how else you read those results.

If you campaign on CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN, and you’re replacing the most unpopular President in modern times, you’d damn well better deliver sufficiently believable change, while making it clear on a regular basis exactly how you’re doing so.

This is typical nutroots thinking. It’s totally predictable. FDL is implying that the Democrats’ health care law isn’t sufficiently different enough. This is proof that they don’t have a clue what Americans want. If the ultrapartisans of the Nutroots’ left think that they aren’t ignoring the American people enough and that they need to do what Rahm Emanuel, Speaker Pelosi and President Obama tell them to do, then Democrats should start preparations for an historic election defeat because that’s what they’re heading towards.

Michael Barone thinks that Democrats are in terrible shape heading into these elections:

Recent polls tell me that the Democratic Party is in the worst shape I have seen during my 50 years of following politics closely. So I thought it would be interesting to look back at the biggest Republican victory of the last 80 years, the off-year election of 1946. Republicans in that election gained 13 seats in the Senate and emerged with a 51–45 majority there, the largest majority that they enjoyed between 1930 and 1980. And they gained 55 seats in the House, giving them a 246–188 majority in that body, the largest majority they have held since 1930. The popular vote for the House was 53% Republican and 44% Democratic, a bigger margin than Republicans have won ever since. And that’s even more impressive when you consider that in 1946 Republicans did not seriously contest most seats in the South. In the 11 states that had been part of the Confederacy, Democrats won 103 of 105 seats and Republicans won only 2 seats in east Tennessee. In the 37 non-Confederate states, in contrast, Republicans won 246 of 330 seats, compared to only 85 for Democrats.

There’s a reason why President Obama is in a virtual tie with President Bush and it doesn’t have anything to do with what the Nutroots are saying. The reason is actually the exact opposite. Democrats have been so radical and inept that they’ve squandered the goodwill they’d built up prior to the inauguration.

Let’s understand what’s driving President Obama’s dropping poll rating. It’s the reckless spending he’s signed: Obamacare, stimulus and the budgets that have been passed. Yes, people are upset with the debt but that’s being driven by the reckless spending. If Democrats hadn’t kept pushing health care and if they’d announce that Cap and Trade is off the table, jobs would get created almost instantly.

If there’s a job creation explosion driven by spending cuts, we’ll see the deficits drop dramatically.

More than just the headline, Democrats should be worried about something much deeper: that Democrats are seen as the Party of Reckless Spending when they aren’t seen as the Party That Ignores The American People. That’s a tough spot to sell your agenda from. If Scott Rasmussen’s polling on who’s more trusted on the issues tells us anything, it’s that Democrats can’t sell their positions:

Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on nine out of 10 key issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports, but the gap between the two parties has grown narrower on several of them.

Following the passage of the health care bill, 53% now say they trust Republicans on the issue of health care. Thirty-seven percent (37%) place their trust in Democrats. A month earlier, the two parties were essentially even on the health care issue.

On the economy, Republicans are trusted more by 49% while Democrats are preferred by 37%. That’s a big improvement for the GOP following a five-point advantage last month. More voters who make under $20,000 annually trust Democrats on this issue, but voters who earn more than that favor Republicans.

Put in simplest terms, people don’t trust Democrats on the biggest issues facing them. Put differently, there’s alot of former Obama supporters who’ve rejected him because he hasn’t governed like a moderate.

At tomorrow’s TEA Parties, organizers will be telling activists how they can change the political landscape this November. Activists will respond positively to that message. What’s worse for Democrats is that the buzz generated from the events will keep the Democrats’ policies front and center.

My not-so-bold prediction? by the time Election Day rolls around, President Obama will be less popular than President Bush.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative