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The Democratic Party, especially the top leadership responsible for messaging, sucks ass. The Party is a directionless clusterf*ck, attempting to woo voters by being a slightly less vile version of the GOP. I think we can all agree on that much. Now they are going up against the Koch Bros and their $1 billion in attack ads. The bottom line is the beltway consultants who have wrecked the party are shitting themselves, and for good reason.
Kudos to Jack Markell. This is exactly the kind of crumb Markell is a master of tossing out to starving liberals. Nice work Gov! Now get back to the real work of governing and privatize public education, reduce the minimum wage, or figure out how to exempt millionaires from paying taxes.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) has declared Feb. 12 as “Charles Darwin Day” in the state.
Praising Darwin’s theory of evolution as “the foundation of modern biology, an essential tool in understanding the development of life on earth,” Markell’s proclamation says Feb. 12 — Darwin’s birthday — “is a time to reflect and celebrate the importance of his scientific achievements.”
Matt Denn and Ted Kittila, opponents in the race for attorney general, had another bizarre connection that had nothing to do with the election.
Kittila was the lawyer for a jailed insurance executive accused of plotting to kill Denn.
h/t Nancy Willing for linking
The evidence points to – yes. The Cape Gazette Reports that at his latest January constituent coffee meeting,Rep. Smyk expressed concerns that the State Police and Delaware National Guard are not up to the task of ensuring order in the event of some “major occurrence.” And that these agencies are in need of reinforcement from a whackjob militia composed of local whackjobs.
After six years, the science of “which mascot would win in a fight” continues to confound the experts with a 100% success rate. That’s right, 6 for 6 Bitches! Suck it Terry Bradshaw!
Anyhoo…let’s take a look at Super Bowl XLIX (official pronunciation – “Super Bowl Ex-licks”).
This could be a tough one. A minute man style colonial militia “Patriot” vs. Bird. Frankly I was rooting for Packers vs Colts because that would have been dead easy. But as Dick Cheney once said, “You may pray for defenseless victims and the easy snuff out of a bewildered child or an enfeebled old lady, but in the end you get what you get.”
Here is what I said about the Seahawks last year….
I hope she runs again. I chalk the loss up to Tom Carper and John Carney undermining the Democratic brand and thereby giving no support to down-ticket Dem challengers with less name recognition.
I found this early draft of Carney’s HR 37 statement on line.
“Many of you have asked me why I voted for H.R. 37, featured in the News Journal this morning. Dodd-Frank was passed before I came to Congress, but I support its goal of reining in Wall Street and protecting taxpayers.[Please note that "support" should be enclosed in quotation marks]
John Kowalko isn’t shutting up, and for good reason. It isn’t Pete Schwartzkopf’s business to decide if someone can be an activist and a legislator. That’s Kowalko’s constituent’s job, and Kowalko’s constituents expressly hired him to be an activist and a legislator.
Schwartzkopf may not remember, but John Kowalko sat in an Leg Hall energy committee meeting with a gag in his mouth in protest, and that was prior to being hired by his constituents. They knew what they were getting into.
Which raises the question – does Schwartzkopf know what he is getting into by elevating Kowlako’s status to that of a martyr for a transparent democracy? I sort of doubt it.
There is no mystery anymore. We all know how this is going to play out. Republican austerity zealots are going to get 99% of what they want, and be able to pillory Democrats for gutting social security because “Democrats” like John Carney and Tom Carper suck outright and make the whole party look like a bunch of sniveling idiots and/or craven douche-bags.
The new House Budget Committee chairman hinted Monday that he had big plans for Social Security reform in the next two years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Delaware Speaker of the House says that a low performing Senior Center in Lewes is failing, and the way to fix it is to make the board reapply for their jobs – and to replace the center’s membership with seniors who are not such pains in the ass.
Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf says it’s necessary for board members to reapply for their jobs, and for the membership to turn over to ensure that every Senior Center member has the commitment to “not calling his office over this bullshit.”
“These Seniors are just a huge pains in the ass,” Pete Schwartzkopf said. “I envision a Charter Senior Center that can select the best Seniors from this area to come here and play cards or do whatever it is they do.”
The center’s board faces the cancellation of its liability insurance at the end of the month and a looming threat from the state to withhold the center’s quarterly grant-in-aid check unless significant changes are made.
For more than two hours, Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, entertained questions from the 60 members in attendance and laid bare the severity of the situation facing the Rehoboth Beach center and the center’s board.
The board’s actions haven’t yet driven the center off the cliff, but it’s getting close, Schwartzkopf said, pushing a piece of paper to the edge of a table as he spoke.
While most of the information wasn’t new to the people in attendance, some found their complaints validated when the speaker of the House went through the center’s by-laws one by one, pointing out how, in his view, the board is violating the by-laws now or has violated them in the recent past.
The by-laws are not there as a suggestion, said Schwartzkopf. They’re there to be followed, he said.
[Note: this is tagged as satire, but whoever reads tags? Not me. When liability insurance is mentioned, it becomes a straight pickup from this Chris Flood story in the Cape Gazette.]
If you were wondering how many times Celia Cohen could name check Tom Carper in a 960 word piece on Matt Denn, you don’t have to wonder anymore. Six times appears to be the limit.
Frank Knotts’ summary of Sussex County Republican Committee elections is an obituary and a mea culpa from a reformed tea bagger. [Warning: The picture Knotts uses to illustrate his disgust is NSFL (not safe for lunch).]
Here is an excerpt of the text, but the whole sad thing is worth a read.
When it comes to pass that Senator for Life, Tom Carper, sides with Republicans and votes to override the President’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline it could change things here in Delaware. At long last, all pretense will be set aside and even the most out of touch Democrat will know that Carper is not a member of the Democratic Party in any meaningful sense. It will be an undeniable break with public sentiment on the issue of the environment and the brazen opposition to the President will be impossible for him to hide from.
It doesn’t mean that he will lose the next election – he is the Senator for Life after all. But I think it does open up some room for actual Democrats to begin to assert what it means to be a Democrat, and perhaps begin rebuilding the Party’s brand equity. It could take a generation for the party to recover from the damage that Tom Carper has inflicted on it, but I think a recovery is possible. Recovering our sense of what the Democratic Party stands for is therefor, something we should be preparing for. When this execrable vote happens, we need to be ready to use the public disgust with Carper to launch a larger movement to articulate Democratic values.
Just this morning I was thinking that I might register as a Green Party, but just the prospect of this vote – this horrific inevitable vote has sparked something in me that I haven’t felt for a while. It has reminded me of the fact that votes do matter. That Carper is in DC to represent me and my interests. That’s his job. It has fired me up to demand that he do his job for a change.
During her appearance at the AFL-CIO’s Raise the Wages summit on Wednesday, Senator Warren said:
“Pretty much the whole Republican Party – and, if we’re going to be honest, too many Democrats – talked about the evils of ‘big government’ and called for deregulation,” Warren continued. “It sounded good, but it was really about tying the hands of regulators and turning loose big banks and giant international corporations to do whatever they wanted to do—turning them loose to rig the markets and reduce competition, to outsource more jobs, to load up on more risks and hide behind taxpayer guarantees, to sell more mortgages and credit cards that cheated people. In short, to do whatever juiced short term profits even if it came at the expense of working families.”
But in the end, this whole approach failed, Warren said.
“The trickle-down experiment that began in the Reagan years failed America’s middle class,” Warren said. “Sure, the rich are doing great. Giant corporations are doing great. Lobbyists are doing great. But we need an economy where everyone else who works hard gets a shot at doing great!”
Carper is a supply side/deficit hawk/austerity motherfucker after Grover Norquists own heart. I think we can all agree that when Warren says that too many Democrats have fallen for the GOP’s 1%er oriented economic solutions, she is talking about Tom Carper.
Nancy Willing at Delaware Way has been all over this and I’m sure El Som will be into the nitty gritty of how and why Kowalko was bounced from the Chairmanship of Energy and from the Education Committee. All I can really add is that Jack Markell seems to really hate John Kowalko on a personal level.
I had heard stories from early in Jack’s tenure and I chalked it up to hyperbole, but it gets hard to ignore stories when confirming evidence starts to pile up.
The unrequited high-five… the awkward “please hug me” hug… the enormousness of the red sweater… It is a timeless classic.
This appears to be what is left for us, to die. With no apparent representation in the halls of power, our choice is to die – literally or symbolically.
We are wild about calling ourselves and our country “free.” Have you been to a football or baseball game lately? They have become nauseating exercises in self-congratulations over our great freedoms. But what are we really free from? Are we free from debt? Probably not. Are we free from being beaten or killed by cops? Are we free from anxiety? Hardly. Free from the indignity of institutionalized injustices?
We have never been less free then we are today. When the majority of Americans are not represented by a political party, inch by inch, drop by drop freedom wanes.
Sens. Tom Coburn and Mary Landrieu gave their farewell addresses on the Senate floor Thursday and were praised by colleagues. Coburn gave an emotional address about the power of individual senators and the importance of compromise and oversight. He praised Sen. Tom Carper, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee where Coburn is ranking member. “He has been a phenomenal chairman. … We do not agree on everything, but the one thing we agreed on was that we were going to work together to solve problems.”
Carper returned the praise, citing the movement of cyber bills and others as a testament to his work. “Legislation is moving through this body and through the House this week — it is pretty amazing, — to strengthen our cyber defenses,” Carper said.
A woman charged with shooting and killing her ex-husband and stepdaughter has strong connections to groups advocating for expanding open carry gun laws in Texas.
Veronica Dunnachie was arrested and charged with shooting and killing her ex-husband and step daughter. Dunnachie’s Facebook page includes photos of her engaged in open carry firearm advocacy activities.
Tom Carper spent a lot of time campaigning form Mary Landrieu. Has his hard work purchased any goodwill? I doubt it. My bet is that Carper was duped, but that appears to be his thing.
“Senate Democrats plan to squeeze every last drop out of their majority, threatening to extend the lame duck to approve key nominees of President Barack Obama before turning over Senate control to Republicans in January. If they hold their caucus together, Democrats can unilaterally prevail and approve Vivek Murthy to be surgeon general, Sarah Saldana to lead Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Carolyn Colvin to be Social Security administrator, as well as nine judicial nominees … Democrats may need all their members to stick around to win tough votes, including Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who lost her seat on Saturday and has missed all of this week’s votes so far.”
Because the Keystone XL pipeline failed to pass, and because contraception is now the same thing as abortion in the deranged minds of Republicans, House GOPers pushed to attach a provision to the government funding bill that would let some employers opt out of covering contraception for employees.
Senator for Life, Tom Carper took this move as a positive step toward Republican “reciprocity” and a demonstration of the GOP’s willingness to be bipartisan.
Recently freed up from campaigning on behalf of Mary Landrieu by her predictable loss, Tom Carper had time to comment on the current lack of “reciprocity” gripping the congress, but was confident that in 2015 reciprocity and bipartisanship would reign resplendent.
From TEDDY WAYNE:
Voting against your own self-interest