Category Archives: 2006 Elections

Pelosi Derides the Protest

From our spineless Speaker:

“Look,” she said, the chicken breast on her plate untouched. “I had, for five months, people sitting outside my home, going into my garden in San Francisco, angering neighbors, hanging their clothes from trees, building all kinds of things — Buddhas? I don’t know what they were — couches, sofas, chairs, permanent living facilities on my front sidewalk.” Unsmilingly, she continued: “If they were poor and they were sleeping on my sidewalk, they would be arrested for loitering, but because they have ‘Impeach Bush’ across their chest, it’s the First Amendment.”

A Brief History of the Republican Majority

Jonathan Chait with an excerpt of his book The Big Con:

I have this problem. Whenever I try to explain what’s happening in American politics-I mean, what’s really happening-I wind up sounding a bit like an unhinged conspiracy theorist. … So please give let me a chance to explain myself when I tell you the following: American politics has been hijacked by a tiny coterie of right-wing economic extremists, some of them ideological zealots, others merely greedy, a few of them possibly insane.

Ohio Gives Up on Secret Ballots

Eat this:

Ohio law permits anyone to walk into a county election office and obtain two crucial documents: a list of voters in the order they voted, and a time-stamped list of the actual votes. “We simply take the two pieces of paper together, merge them, and then we have which voter voted and in which way,” said James Moyer, a longtime privacy activist and poll worker who lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Pelosi’s Blocking Impeachment in the House is Killing the Democratic Party

From Smirking Chimp:

It’s just the Constitution that’s suffering because of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s nutty and unprincipled “impeachment-off-the-table” position blocking any effort to impeach President Bush or Vice President Cheney for their many crimes and abuses of power. Her position on impeachment is killing the Democratic Party too, by driving away not just progressived members of the party, but independents who voted for Democrats last November expecting some action in defense of the Constitution. (via)

Mike Gravel: Out of Iraq in 60 Days, Blow Up Abu Ghraib and Gitmo

That would be a fantastic symbolic and actual change. Do it at midnight to symbolize regret/shame:

You’ve said the troops will be out of Iraq in 60 days, is that right? You better believe it.First thing we’ll do is blow up Abu Ghraib before we leave. And then we’ll blow up Guantánamo, so we can communicate to the world that we don’t torture people. We are Americans and we are going to be calling upon a higher moral standard than we’ve seen in the last 50 years.

Florida Bans Electronic Voting Machines

One small step:

Florida has abruptly reversed course after the debacle of the 2006 election and banned electronic voting devices from all state elections. Florida was at the forefront of the electronic voting revolution after the disaster that was 2000 where Russia considered Florida a backwards democracy. However, since 2000 the machines themselves have been under scrutiny as being easily hackable, prone to error, and of questionable quality. Florida is spending $26 million to replace the electronic machines with the optical scan type. Electronic machines will still be available for handicapped individuals as a result of Federal law mandating their use in elections. The eVoting machines cost Pinellas County alone $14 million in 2001 and there are a total of 15 counties in Florida using these machines. All of them will be scrapped (hopefully not to hackers) and replaced.

Frank Rich to GOP: Reagan is Dead

Richie Rich writes:

Wrongdoing of this magnitude does not happen by accident, but it is not necessarily instigated by a Watergate-style criminal conspiracy. When corruption is this pervasive, it can also be a by-product of a governing philosophy. That’s the case here. That Bush-Rove style of governance, the common denominator of all the administration scandals, is the Frankenstein creature that stalks the GOP as it faces 2008. It has become the Republican brand and will remain so, even after this president goes, until courageous Republicans disown it and eradicate it.