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November 5, 2010

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same (?)

I've had a few days to chew on this, but my take on Tuesday's election: Nothing really changed. A bunch of Blue Dogs got voted out and replaced with Republicans - so what? Blue Dogs didn't get with the program...

November 1, 2010

Boo!

Tomorrow night—or Wednesday morning—after the polls are closed and the votes, mainly, counted, there will be a feeling of dismay, no doubt, felt by readers of PolJunk and, dare I say, kindred spirits. This feeling will be predicated on the...

October 29, 2010

It's Our Soap Box

Vote DemA few words for the voting public as we close in on the US mid-term elections.

October 25, 2010

Political Ad: Pat Quinn Gets Cheeky With Bill Brady

We're doing a two-fer today because this ad is just hilarious. Bill Brady is battling it out with Pat Quinn for the Governor's seat in Illinois. If you haven't been paying attention, running as a Dem for the Governor of...

Political Ad: Harry Reid Loves Mexicans, Hates YOU

Sharron Angle has already taken some heat for ads depicting nefarious looking brown men sneaking along what is presumably a border fence. Seems like she's decided she can take the heat though because her new ad is even more brazen....

October 18, 2010

Political Ad: Jack Conway Slams Rand Paul

Democrat Jack Conway takes a page from ultimate GOP dirty trickster Lee Atwater to slam Rand Paul on cultural issues. In an almost comically over-the-top ad out this week, Conway dings Paul on the latter's decidedly Libertarian views on religion...

October 14, 2010

We Don't Need No Education

It is not uncommon to hear modern conservatives call for the elimination of the federal Department of Education. They view it as something between a waste of taxpayer money and in infringement upon states and/or local populations who they feel...

October 11, 2010

Poltical Ad: Joe Manchin Will Put a Cap in Yer Ass

The video speaks for itself. Joe Manchin Campaign Ad - Endorsed by the NRA...

October 9, 2010

NAZI in da House?

The other day, I quipped that the Republicans were running an Axis of Insanity for Congress this year. What I didn't know is that in addition to the likes of Christine O'Donnel, Joe Miller, and Sharron Angle, the Republicans are...

October 7, 2010

Axis of Insanity

From Christine "I am not a witch" O'Donnel in Delaware to Joe "The Minimum Wage is Unconstitutional" Miller in Alaska via Sharon (oh, hell, just pick one of these gems) Angle in Nevada, one can pretty much draw an axis...

October 5, 2010

O'Donnell: I am Not a Witch

I can't begin to describe how awesome it is to see an ad start with the words, "I am not a witch." Have we forgotten the lessons of LBJ's Pig Fucker Strategy?...

August 22, 2010

The Teabaggers' Idea of Religious Freedom?

Allen West, Tea Party candidate for a Florida House seat, on the freedom of religion enshrined in our Constitution (and that most un-American bumper-sticker that says "COEXIST" using various symbols of various religions): Via Think Progress: Apparently, we must defend...

August 21, 2010

Put the Poor in Prisons!

Not only are America's poor people poor by choice, but they're filthy, too! And Carl Paladino, a Republican hopeful vying for New York's governorship, thinks he has just the answer. According to a recent Associated Press article, Paladino said, "Instead...

August 3, 2010

GOP: Lunacy (Self-) Defeats Reason

So, what happens when the Republican Party becomes too bat-shit insane for... Republicans? Representative Bob Inglis (R-SC) recently found out after losing his primary battle to a Tea Party-backed candidate; apparently they throw you out of office for not being...

June 14, 2010

Gather Your Armies! (To Fight... ummm... Something!)

There's a fight a-brewin' way down yonder in dixie. It appears that the Tea Party (a.k.a. Teabagger) candidate Rick Barber has forced a runoff election between himself and Republican "establishment" candidate Martha Roby in Alabama's 2nd District Republican primary, despite...

May 26, 2010

KY Libertarians: Rand Who?

Man. Old Rand Paul is just getting his ass handed to him. Now the poor sod doesn't even have Libertarians from his own state on his side, or so they say. In trying to walk back statements by his vice...

May 25, 2010

McCain to Hayworth: You Dummy

As we all know well now, John McCain can be a surly bastard, especially when he's in trouble. This week, as Tea Party-ish challenger J.D. Hayworth creeps dangerously close in the Arizona primaries, John McCain unleashes a scathing video calling...

May 24, 2010

Rand Paul and the GOP's Libertarian Problem

If you're following the circus that is the Rand Paul campaign in Kentucky then you're either laughing at every utterance he makes or shaking your head in disbelief...or if you're a Libertarian, you're wondering what the big stink is...

May 10, 2010

McCain Ad: Complete the Danged Fence

Exploitative use of federal employee: CHECK Cynical pandering to base elements and fringe characters: CHECK Stunted speech and uncomfortable body language: CHECK Forced "plain speak" and folksy common sense: CHECK Yep, McCain's in trouble... John McCain for Senate Ad: Complete...

April 22, 2010

Update: Chickens for Checkups

In case you missed it, the latest suggestion for an alternative to Obamacare, or, perhaps, any kind of care at all, was put forth by Nevada Republican Senate hopeful Sue Lowden. She suggested that people revert to the time-honored barter...

November 23, 2009

Quote of the Day: Charlie Crist

"It's hard to be more conservative than I am on issues -- though there are different ways stylistically to communicate that -- I'm pro-life, I'm pro-gun, I'm pro-family, and I''m anti tax." ... "I don't know what else you're supposed...

November 20, 2009

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs...duh

Nate Silver nails it: To channel my Inner Krugman: it's a political imperative for the Democrats of the highest order to get some sort of jobs bill to Obama's desk -- the sooner and the bigger the better. Suppose...

November 3, 2009

Anomalies or Glimpse of the Future?

As I write this, it looks like the Republicans stand to pick up a couple of governorships and a few congressional seats in the wake of elections held in some corners of America. CNN has a nice breakdown of the...

November 29, 2006

Bush and Webb Face Off in White House Meeting

I guess the honeymoon between the President and newly elected Democratic congressmen is just about over. A couple papers are reporting of a terse exchange between Bush and Virginia senator-elect Jim Webb at a recent White House meet and greet....

November 10, 2006

God, Country, and Football...Not Necessarily in that Order

What the fuck is wrong with Ohio? Four days after polls closed and eight districts are still not accounted for. According to the Crescent News, "elections officials are delaying the count of more than 9,000 provisional ballots by one day...

Chafee, Mehlman Out

Like rats form a sinking ship, Republicans are leaving their posts and heading out of town....

November 9, 2006

Democratic Party like it's 2006.

The Party's over and Jude's ready to clean up. POLJUNK takes a look around the Web to see how everyone's reacting to the Democratic blow-out....

November 8, 2006

Clean Sweep?

Last night, POLJUNK hosted its first live blogging event where we got hammered and talked shit as the returns came in. Well, we woke up today with a hangover, a new House, a new Senate, and a Democratic majority of...

November 7, 2006

Let's Talk Shit

Join in on the discussion right here. We'll be following the coverage and commenting until we're too drunk to type. Let's get it on!...

November 6, 2006

Lame Duck Hunter

Jesus, the jokes write themselves on this one: Cheney To Go Hunting On Election Day...

Bush Stood Up in Florida

You remember Florida, don't you? It was the center of the 2000 election fiasco where Katherine Harris (AKA: the Girl Least Likely) handed then Governor George W. Bush a major victory in the early days of the recount madness by...

Dirty Calls

The Big Day is here and already reports of dirty tricks are rolling in. John Conyers and John Dingell are demanding that the Justice Department, the Federal Election Commission and the Federal Communications Commission investigate misleading and harassing phone calls...

October 31, 2006

John Kerry's Balls: Found

He took a lot of shit for letting way too much time go buy in responding to the Swift Boat nonsense of the 2004 election, but today John Kerry has come back swinging at "Republican hacks, who have never worn...

October 27, 2006

Make the Fat Cats PAY

In a personal email to ME from Bill Frist, the retiring Senate Majority Leader implores me to send money to the RNC to ensure Democrats don't take over Congress. To read his words, one would think the commies themselves were...

New Poll Favors Dems by 19 Points

A new AP-AOL News poll shows a 19-point spread favoring Democrats in the mid-term elections that loom less than two weeks away. According to the poll, the middle class is fleeing the Republican party it sees as out of touch...

October 25, 2006

What Does Today's Gay Marriage Decision Mean for the Midterms?

Today's New Jersey Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriage rights is likely to be both a win and a lose for gay Americans. A win because the court made what I think is the only reasonable decision on matters dealing...

October 23, 2006

The Clinton v. Spencer Race Gets Ugly--Literally

Sen. Hillary Clinton's Republican challenger, John Spencer, is denying a report that he described the former First Lady and current Senator from New York as "ugly" and implying that she's had cosmetic plastic surgery to improver her looks. "It's a...

October 13, 2006

Clinton Gets to the Point!

Finally, a Democrat spells it out in plain English: If you want to be fiscally conservative, you've got to be for us. If you want to conserve natural resources, you've got to be for us," former President Bill Clinton said....

Beating a Dead (Drowned) Horse

The only thing Republicans like more than beating up on Bill Clinton is beating up on Ted Kennedy. Dig this gem from Connecticut shithead, Rep. Chris Shays: "I know the speaker didn't go over a bridge and leave a young...

October 11, 2006

Reid Caught in Land Swap Deal

Harry Reid is now caught up in an ethics snare. Seems the Man from Nevada did a little backroom dealing to triple a land investment—all without reporting it to Congress. The AP reports that Reid, "collected a $1.1 million windfall...

GOP Smear Ad Against Albright

I have no idea whether the NRCC considered this ad or not, but it's an example of both the ugliness of American poltics right now and the power of a focused creative mind bent on disparaging anyone associated with Bill...

October 2, 2006

Boyz to Men: Mark Foley and the Congressional Pages

I have to admit that when I first heard about the Foley email thing last week I thought it was a simple political hatchet job. The initial reports detailed emails that to me sounded pretty pedestrian. I couldn't understand...

September 26, 2006

The Democratic Party and the Cult of (No) Personality

As the mid-term year kicks into high gear and all eyes are already looking ahead to 2008, Democrats search (and search, and search) for a voice in the crowd who will lead them to the promised land. POLJUNK contributor...

September 12, 2006

Allen Gets Down with the "Ethnics"

Sometimes life really is stranger than fiction. George "Macaca" Allen is actually advertising on his website pictures from his "ethnic rally." What goes through someone's mind when they label a pathetically obvious rally comprised of a variety of people—yes, of...

September 6, 2006

Filthy Lucre!

In what appears to be another obituary for the Republican majority is a frightening and telling nugget. The Washington Post has another in a long string of articles detailing the woes of the Republicans this fall and how the Democrats...

September 5, 2006

Man Overboard! Republicans Face Tough Seas This Fall

For years Republicans have loved to beat up on the Democrats in "disarray" and point to the amazing party unity the GOP enjoys. They may call it Big Tent party, but everyone in that tent marches to the same orders....

August 24, 2006

Lieberman's Lead Narrows to Razor Thin Margin

Down from a 12-point lead just a week ago, Lieberman now holds just a two-point advantage over Lamont with the Republican candidate polling at a paltry 3%....

August 17, 2006

Sink or Swim

"I said something stupid. I apologize for it and would apologize in person to anyone hurt by my comments. To those who are understandably offended, you have my deepest apologies and I want you to know that it was out...

August 16, 2006

Democrats Offend Immigration Groups With New Ad

Taking a page from the Karl Rove playbook by trying to hit the Republicans where their perceived strength lies, The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched a scathing ad illustrating how the Administration's failures in homeland security and foreign policy have...

August 14, 2006

Ted Lamont Offended by Cheney's Remarks

Ned Lamont is proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is indeed a political newbie. The man who just knocked out one of the most powerful Democratic Senators in a tooth and nail primary contest is shocked and...

August 8, 2006

Lieberman Loses

In what was bar-none the most watched primary in the nation, three-time US Senator and former Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman lost to political newbie Ned Lamont. But don't think for a minute you won't have old Joe to...

What's the Matter with Kansas?

It's hard to imagine Kansas as a hotbed of radical liberalism, but that's exactly what it was in the early decades of the 20th century when they elected socialists and ran robber barons out of town. No, when most people...

August 7, 2006

Only Left-Wing Radicals Oppose the War

I was watching the Sunday morning talk shows yesterday and was flabbergasted by Cokie Roberts' suggestion that Ned Lamont defeating Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut primaries would be "a disaster for the Democratic Party," and comparing this situation to George...

August 4, 2006

Friday Video - A GOP Love Letter to Lieberman

Next Tuesday, Joe Lieberman will face his constituents in the Democratic primary. His opponent, Ned Lamont, is a darling of the liberal netsphere and has a double digit lead on old Joe. Lots of people are shocked--SHOCKED!!--that Lieberman is having...

August 1, 2006

The Girl Least Likely To: Florida Republicans Pull Support

As if Howard Dean comparing her to Stalin wasn't bad enough, Katherine Harris now gets a Dear Jane letter from the State Republican Party she used to lord over. In a letter obtained Monday by The Associated Press, Harris is...

Kill Your TV

It's August in a mid-term year, which means the Fun is about to start! If you live in Ohio, Missouri and Pennsylvania, you might as well turn off your TVs now. Senate Democratic campaign organizations have reserved more than $25...

July 27, 2006

Simmering Rage or Wanton Disillusionment?

David Broder gets into the growing dissatisfaction among traditional Conservatives who feel they've been left behind for the religious right. These are the people who made their bones with Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and Lee Atwater, the Karl Rove of...

Howard Dean Goes on a Rampage

The Manchester Mouth, Howard Dean, is on fire this week. Not only did he kick Katherine Harris while she's down by comparing her to Stalin (!?!?), but he's busting chops on the Iraqi PM and calling him an anti-Semite!...

July 24, 2006

Wexler, Colbert, Cocaine and Prostitutes

Stephen Colbert riled the Right with his ballsey send up of President Bush (to his face) at the Washington Press Correspondents dinner a few months ago. Well, this time he's convinced a Democrat facing an uncontested mid-term election to say,...

July 19, 2006

Ralph Reed Loses

The freakishly youthful ex-leader of the Christian Coalition took a beating last night in his primary race for Lt. Governor of Georgia. Ralph Reed had a an early lead and an enviable fundraising apparatus, not to mention the network...

July 18, 2006

The Girl Least Likey, yet again

Now God is stepping in. According to the AP, U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris was "resting comfortably" at her home Monday after surgery to remove an ovarian mass, her office said. Seriously, Kath. Take a hint....

July 17, 2006

Are Conservatives Finally Waking Up?

Andrew Sullivan has posted an interesting and I think a very telling email from one of his readers: The Republican party will never respond to the concerns of fiscal and small government conservatives because they don't have to. No matter...

July 14, 2006

Friday Video: The Girl Least Likely To, Continued

Man, Katherine Harris' campaign is reading like a manual in how to completely alienate yourself and make powerful enemies in national politics. The lady who brought us George W. Bush as president and inspired countless parodies on Saturday Night Live...

July 11, 2006

Hackett Does About-Face

Like the good soldier he is, the one-time hope of the Democratic Party Paul Hackett has done an about-face on his former party rival and thrown support behind Sherrod Brown. You might remember Hackett as the Iraqi War veteran who...

Liberman Arranges to Run as Independent

The Man Who Can't Take No For an Answer is making arrangements to run as an independent should he lose the Democratic primary to upstart anti-war candidate Ned Lamont. Lieberman has filed papers that would allow him to petition...

June 16, 2006

Jefferson Dumped from Committee

When Tom DeLay was indicted a while back, the Republicans took their reputations and the rules of the House seriously and forced him out of his position as Majority Leader. It was a shining moment of ethical virtue and showed...

June 14, 2006

Dems Promise to Be Bad Cop

Democrats have now gone on record saying they'll indeed exercise more oversight if they win control of Congress this fall. Depending on who you are, you can read that two ways: Checks and Balances will finally be restored to our...

June 8, 2006

Peeping Tom - Daschle Weighs His Options In NH

Because Democrats can't crowd the field enough this year, we have yet another possible candidate for the 2008 Presidential nomination. He's a guy you know and love from the heady days of 2004, let's give a warm welcome to...

June 7, 2006

Busby Loses, But So Does the RNC

Everyone's talking about the 50th district race out in California. It might sound like a bombastic musical number, but the Busby-Bilbray race was the most watched in this mid-term primary season. Anticipation was high for the mostly unknown Democratic candidate...
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