Monthly Archives: December 2008
I woke up to some wonderful political news this morning from New Orleans. On Saturday, the voters of New Orleans elected a new congressman to replace their indicted one, Rep. Bill Jefferson. You will recall that Jefferson was caught by the FBI with $90,000 in his freezer that was part of a bribery sting operation. His federal trial is in the pre-trial motions phase I believe. His opponents call him “Dollar Bill.” It’s not a term of affection. Continue reading
I am trying to imagine the conversation between the former President and our next Secretary of State over this headline in the New York Times: “Bill Clinton Speech in Malaysia Irks Investors”. Or better, what is the next President of the U.S. saying to his Secretary of State-in-waiting?
Here’s the truth: Bill Clinton needs to shut up and stop taking speaking fees for the next four years. Continue reading
If you need to know just how screwed up the Virginia GOP is, read this AP story about Va. GOP Chairman Jeff Frederick on the wire this evening. No wonder moderate GOP Congressman Tom Davis opted to retire when Frederick and the Va. GOP leadership squeezed him out of the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in favor of Jim Gilmore. That ended up being a brilliant move, didn’t it Jeff?
Va. Democrats can only hope the disarray continues as we prepare to elect a new Gov., Lt. Gov., A.G. and state legislature.
Earlier this evening, news organizations projected that GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss won reelection to the U.S. Senate over Democrat Jim Martin.
My hats off to Jim Martin who came closer than anyone ever thought a Democrat could in Georgia. I think this campaign offers lessons for Democrats running next year in Virginia as well as in the 2010 mid-term elections.
Here’s what comes to mind: Continue reading
This Tuesday is the final election day of consequence. On Tuesday, voters in Georgia will have the chance to fire Saxby Chambliss and hire Jim Martin as their next U.S. Senator. I hope they do.
Saxby Chambliss is a recalcitrant, self-righteous man who has no intention of EVER working across party lines. That’s his history and he’s quite proud of it. In contrast Jim Martin has a long history of working on a bipartisan basis to get things done for Georgians. Continue reading