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Posted: Saturday, May 22, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 11:15 am, Thu Jul 22, 2010.

Shortly after I moved from Lodi to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2008, I came to an alarming realization: Arlen Specter represents me in the U.S. Senate!

I was speechless at the thought that I had gone from bad — Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer — to worse. Specter at the time was a RINO Republican.

Specter has been in Congress for 30 years and in politics for 45 years. Now 80, working in the public sector representing Pennsylvania is probably the only job Specter could qualify for.

But on Tuesday, voters rejected the newly minted Democrat in favor of his challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak. Specter's defeat sends more ominous signals to the Obama administration and incumbents throughout the nation.

When Specter last year changed his party affiliation to Democrat, Obama said: "He will have my full support …" But apparently the president's commitment didn't go deeply enough to show up for an 11th-hour Pennsylvania appearance for Specter, increasingly and correctly viewed by insiders as unlikely to win.

Instead, Obama made automated phone calls. Specter's campaign tried to persuade Obama as late as last week to stump with him. But it couldn't make a convincing argument.

In the end, Obama considered Specter as too risky to waste his diminished political capital on.

Once considered an asset for most Democratic candidates, Obama's personal involvement is no longer guaranteed.

In high profile campaigns like Massachusetts, Virginia and New Jersey, Obama's intervention has failed to get out the vote.

Last February, the president's last-minute visit to Boston did little to influence Massachusetts voters casting their votes for the doomed Democrat Martha Coakley. Turnout in the Bay State's heavily minority precincts was weak. Obama could not even persuade African-Americans to support Coakley in the special election to fill deceased Sen.Ted Kennedy's seat.

In November 2009, Obama failed to create a buzz for either the New Jersey or Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

With angry voters channeling their discontent toward Washington, Obama doesn't command as much power over the electorate or strike as much fear in the hearts of his own party as he did only a few months ago.

Although the mainstream media insists that the long string of defeated incumbents and White House-backed candidates means nothing and that Obama's popularity is undiminished, ample evidence to the contrary exists.

On Wednesday, the Rasmussen Report's daily Presidential Tracking Poll showed that only 25 percent of the nation's voters strongly approve of Obama's presidency while 44 percent strongly disapprove. Obama's Presidential Approval Index rating of minus 19 is his lowest since the passage of his health care proposal two months ago.

Why Obama is unpopular and may be headed for a one-term presidency is not hard to understand. Except for health care reform, which needed a ham-fisted Congressional maneuvering strategy called reconciliation to override the people's will, Obama has not delivered on any of his campaign pledges.

Obama's administration has not produced "change we can believe in," his promised 3 million new jobs have not been created, and he seems to live overseas where he embarrasses the nation with his anti-American statements.

Earlier this week, during Mexican president Felipe Calderon's White House visit, Obama again slammed Arizona's SB 1070 by calling it "misdirected," even though two of his prominent cabinet members, Attorney General Eric Hold and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, admit they haven't read the law. Chances are, neither has Obama.

Finally, Obama insists that he will push for comprehensive immigration reform despite the reality that neither Americans nor Congress has any appetite for it.

Voters will have to send Obama a clear message in November's mid-term elections. Possibly if the Republican regain control of Congress, Obama will be reined in. But I doubt it.

I give Obama credit for having achieved one remarkable feat. He's made George W. Bush look good.

Joe Guzzardi, a registered Independent disgusted with 99 percent of American politicians, can be reached at guzzjoe@yahoo.com.

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39 comments:

  • posted at 10:35 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    Why did Obama let Calderon bash the US on our soil when he was in Washington and the Democrats applauded.? This tells you all you need to know about the "thinking"????? of this Democrat Administration. Vote Every Democrat Out come election day.I don't care what Mexico's Calderon thinks about the deployment of the National Guard by President Obama. "As long as we don't use the troops to "detain or stop" the "MIGRATION"? Gimme a break. Again, people, you have to ask yourself why our Democrat led government does not want to protect our borders. Why the desire to melt us into this third world toilet? Power, money, and greed.. And every Democrat liberal wants to tell me about how the Repubs are the money grubbers and power freaks. The saddest thing is the Democrat liberal supporters are either too dumb to see what's happening, or too proud to admit they were wrong. Who wants to live among dirty, uneducated criminals that won't speak spanish????? Raise your hands.

     
  • posted at 6:41 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    "Now, let me get this straight.....They want to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a President that also hasn't read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes…all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's nearly broke."Please everyone Register to VOTE! Vote EVERY Democrat out come Election day!

     
  • posted at 2:32 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on wrote on May 26, 2010 4:51 PM:" Mr. Maple, can you show us any politician or wannabe who doesn't care first about themselves, but who also consider lining their pockets their second priority? pre$$ur$on, I want to see the last post in the LNS during the last YEAR where you said anything positive about anyone or anything?You are the unhappiest person I know and yet you stay in Lodi. (Gives a new meaning to the song..."Stuck in Lodi again"...LOL).I would bet if you turned all this wild fantasy hatred for anyone in Government or business towards volunteerism, that you might actually see (Some good in life).

     
  • posted at 1:24 pm on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    Press: Not really. Even Oelsner tried to but got caught stealing gas and using a District credit card without authorization...I have a copy of the receipt...did his fellow fools do anything about it? Nope. I used a school district pencil once but I erased the line and turned it back in.

     
  • posted at 11:51 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    Mr. Maple, can you show us any politician or wannabe who doesn't care first about themselves, but who also consider lining their pockets their second priority?

     
  • posted at 11:47 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    I'm hoping it's goodbye to Boxer, Feinstein and Pelosi. I'd only hope that any incumbent with more than 4 years and good connections is replaced with another newbie from the opposite party. One can dream, can't they?

     
  • posted at 9:15 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    steve wrote on May 26, 2010 1:43 PM:" Guess Calderon's blame America speeches on the WH lawn and before Congress didn't set too well with the average voter here in the good old USA, now Obie is looking for a little political cover so he sends 1,200 National Guard troops to the boarder. "For all who Hated Bush, at least he sent 6,000 national Guard to our Border.Obama sends 1/5th that amount because it was the democratic thing to do.Nothing is going to save the Democratic Party, but had Obama sent 10,000 National Guard or army troops to our border, that would have been a great Token gesture.Obama is NOT for boarder control or Lawful immigration, and this small step by Obama was too little, too late.

     
  • posted at 8:43 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    Guess Calderon's blame America speeches on the WH lawn and before Congress didn't set too well with the average voter here in the good old USA, now Obie is looking for a little political cover so he sends 1,200 National Guard troops to the boarder.

     
  • posted at 3:33 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    For Every disabled Illegal, or disabled child who SNEAKS into America, as soon as total Amnesty is granted by Obama, The flood gates of Welfare, Food Stamps, medical, and Social Security Disability will be wide open the hundreds of thousands who have NEVER paid into the system.Democrats will never stop until they grant all illegals 100% access to the last funds and benefits America has.The worst part is that if Obama mandates that only illegals here for 3 years qualify for amnesty, who believes anyone will admit they have not been in America for less then 3 years? They are here and they are NOT going to go back home.

     
  • posted at 3:28 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    To All Democrat whiners who think America should have no border control and who Think Mexico is a wonderful country:"TULTITLN, Mexico — Arizona's new law forcing local police to take a greater role in enforcing immigration law has caused a lot of criticism from Mexico, the largest single source of illegal immigrants in the United States.But in Mexico, illegal immigrants receive terrible treatment from corrupt Mexican authorities, say people involved in the system.And Mexico has a law that is no different from Arizona's that empowers local police to check the immigration documents of people suspected of not being in the country legally"."In Mexico they'll probably let you go, but they'll beat you up and steal everything you've got first."http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-05-25-mexico-migrants_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip"If Mexico's Citizens would take back their Country, and make it a better place to live, and get rid of the drug lords, corrupt Police and corrupt government officials, they would not have to invade our country.Change always must come from within!"

     
  • posted at 10:44 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Forget getting a job in Fast Food. "Sneak ins" hare heavily courted for those jobs.Cheap is the word: in most cases, those workers will be "off the books"...employer not paying SS, SDI, insurance, etc, etc. And if the "sneak-in"should gripe or fall ill??? There's a line of fresh applicants standing right there....NEXT!!! Just like in the USA in the early 1900s...read Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle"...except those poor abused people were LEGAL...... immigrants!

     
  • posted at 6:29 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    jramagic,Don't forget fast food places. My kid applied to several, and none of them has called for an interview. He's not a slacker, convicted felon, or anything else like that. But many times, I'm served by people who have difficulty understanding English. To be fair, though, the English proficiency part could describe white kids in fast food places. Sometimes all I get from them is a mumble and the wrong order.

     
  • posted at 3:51 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    I do agree with T&C on the (lack) of enforcing the EXISTING immigration laws (laws that we voted for and paid big bux to lawmakers to put on the books, BTW). Why aren't the laws enforced?Answer: SAVING MONEY / MORE PROFITFACT: Until the "USERS" of illegal sneak-ins are aggressively prosecuted and heavily fined, the "sneak-ins" will continue to arrive. Heck, I'd do the very same thing, if I were in their worn out shoes...honestly,now... wouldn't you? WHO are the "USERS"? Big Ag. Construction.Manufacturing. And a host of smaller labor services that are often hired by...YOU and I!Why? Because aALL of we USERS save BIG MONEY doing so!

     
  • posted at 6:41 am on Mon, May 24, 2010.

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    Why pass any new immigration law when US don't even want to enforce the existing one? The US is funny when it comes to existing laws. They want to pick and choose the one they want to enforce. If you want to pass a law, enforce it or else don't pass more laws.Illegal immigrants are notundocumented. They is illegal. We don't have to be politically correct and we're not racists because we don't support illegals. I personally don't believe the US benefits from them as much as the proponents of illegal immigrations stated. Their children including those children born to illegals are a big drain in US society. The parents of illegal may not get welfare but their children do. We certainly don't need Mexico's President coming to the US and lecturing us about immigration problems caused mostly by Mexicans.Enforce the existing immigration laws and we don't need any new immigration laws for illegals. There's an existing path to US citizenship called Filing for Citizenship.If you are too lazy to stand in line like the rest of the World, "Go Back Home".

     
  • posted at 3:43 am on Mon, May 24, 2010.

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    Most everyone feels we should enforce existing law, but that's not enough. You need to update outdated laws. For instance, the 14th Amendment, used to guarantee birthright citizenship (though that was never its intent), has to be changed. It begins: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." It needs to read: "All persons born of parents or a parent who is a citizen of the United States, and all persons naturalized in the United States..." (I suppose that would foul things up for the Anchor Baby Mothers who are obviously not working in the fields, but that's another story.)

     
  • posted at 3:42 am on Mon, May 24, 2010.

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    Let's start with a bit of honesty. Start talking about illegal aliens instead of "undocumented workers." Government should earn the respect and confidence of its lawful citizens instead of catering to perceived voting blocks. The Federal law is more stringent than the Arizona law, nevertheless, the feds are criticizing Arizona for enacting a less stringent law. The real issue here is not immigration, but re-election. Let's be truthful about it.

     
  • posted at 3:24 am on Mon, May 24, 2010.

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    It seems that many here are on the right and devoted to Ayn Rand. I thought this summed up her book Atlas Shrugged succinctlyThere are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: "The Lord of the Rings" and "Atlas Shrugged." One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

     
  • posted at 4:43 pm on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    Hey T&C and Gray Clod: Actually, that was just something I was sent this morning that I thought was really humorous... I thought it accurately reflected the absurdity of our our 2-faced institutions and the foolishness and gullibility of those who loyally and robotically follow their rhetoric. I listen to both extremes on the radioand I personally think that Jon Stewartarticulates all of it succinctly. Sorry your sense of humor is offended. Here's another one I received today that you may enjoy: "Try piss'n standing up- You might enjoy it".

     
  • posted at 3:54 pm on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    Good Evening pat:Your message to the Democrat readers fall on deaf ears!Democrats will never admit that there is an ILLEGAL Immigration problem with a magmitude in the Millions.But I truely appreciate the facts you point out.Illegals in America regardless of nationality, are ILLEGALLY in America and need to go back home.What part of the law do Democrats not get?

     
  • posted at 3:50 pm on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    gray cloud wrote on May 23, 2010 6:45 PM:" To Captain Gort. Boy you are a happy little fellow arent you ?? While all your descriptions of everyone are wrong, I enjoyed the fact that you hate everyone equally. Like I tell people when they accuse me of despising Osama bin Presidente because he is black....I respond, "Not true, I hate his white 1/2 just as much." "Thank you for your post gray cloud.

     
  • posted at 2:18 pm on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    (c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited.”

     
  • posted at 2:18 pm on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    (1)Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status.(2)Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States.(3)Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity.

     
  • posted at 2:15 pm on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    California has the same law on its books as Arizona has just passed. It looks as though Californians will have to boycott their own state!SECTION 834b - California Penal Code(a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.(b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following:

     
  • posted at 1:45 pm on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    To Captain Gort. Boy you are a happy little fellow arent you ?? While all your descriptions of everyone are wrong, I enjoyed the fact that you hate everyone equally. Like I tell people when they accuse me of despising Osama bin Presidente because he is black....I respond, "Not true, I hate his white 1/2 just as much."

     
  • posted at 4:07 am on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    Health Plan: 1. A hodgepodge of laws constructed by insurance companies to confuse patients and deny them care. 2. Legal extortion of the healthy middle class. 3. A bill that is paid supposedly to avoid bigger bills in case of emergency, but doesn't seem to work that way. 4. A legal Ponzi scheme involving the health care industry, the insurance industry and an army of lawyers.

     
  • posted at 4:07 am on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    Public Education System: 1. A day prison for children designed to destroy their natural curiosity and prepare them for a life of sitting at desks and following orders. 2. An unfunded institution that promotes a lifelong aversion to learning. 3. A Walmart training facility.Lobbyists: 1. Corporate prostitutes who sell themselves to politicians in exchange for passing laws that will hurt the environment and the poor. 2. People without morals who try to convince other people without morals to continue committing immoral acts.

     
  • posted at 4:06 am on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    The Religious Right: 1. People who use God and the Bible as reasons to persecute people they don't like. 2. People who send money to men on television with bad hair who preach about morals until they get caught on video with a room full of prostitutes. The Media: A conglomerate of organizations that twist and distort reality in order to force their users to watch or read paid advertisements.

     
  • posted at 4:05 am on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    Congress: 1. The opposite of progress 2. A group of rich people with bad hair who take advantage of loopholes in the law to give themselves raises and nicer offices. 3. Government sanctioned prostitutes. Senators: 1. A group of rich people who attended Ivy League schools to forge superficial relationships with people they don't like in order to run for office to increase their family fortunes. 2. A group of ugly rich people in Washington D.C. who wear suits and blow through all the tax money extorted from the middle class while pretending to care about "the people" but who are too self-centered to care about anyone but themselves.

     
  • posted at 4:04 am on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    Liberals: 1. A group of open-minded people who are easily influenced and can't make decisions. 2. People who miss the Summer of Love 3. People who think Al Gore is cool. Conservatives: 1. Fat, bald white guys who hate and fear everything. 2. People with anger issues who love to shout at liberals. 3. Closeted gay people who like having sex in public restrooms.

     
  • posted at 4:03 am on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    Republicans: 1. A group of rich old white men with bad hair who want to go back to the 1950's when women and minorities "knew their places". 2. A political party whose sole purpose is to not let any other political party get anything accomplished. 3. A group of hypocrites who profess to be moral until they're caught with their mistresses in Argentina. Democrats: 1. A spineless group of people who drive Priuses, do yoga, drink protein shakes and enjoy drumming circles and trips to Tibet. 2. Residents of Berkeley, San Francisco or Santa Cruz. 3. People who are politically correct to the point of disingenuousness. 4. Crazed pot-smoking hippies who put the lives of newts over the prosperity of chemical plants.

     
  • posted at 2:20 am on Sun, May 23, 2010.

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    As each day passes it's beginning to look like Obama will be the straw that breaks the back of Liberalism in Washington. Those who voted for himhave created unintended circumstances.Tooooo bad for them. :)

     
  • posted at 3:53 pm on Sat, May 22, 2010.

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    Joe: I cannot believe how you have evolved over the years. You were in rms 12-13 sometimes 14 too at nights !!! You have changed from your pinkie liberal roots! Shelly M would love to see you now, and she is back east somewhere near you. I am proud of you. If you get to Lodi, I can fly here quickly from monument valley. and still maintain a groveling existence in the same old hovel and squalor and you are welcome to come by and visit any time. xoxoxoxo the man in the middle of the building.

     
  • posted at 12:48 pm on Sat, May 22, 2010.

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    Gator, I was excited when I heard Rand Paul won... until I heard all his weird comments. He said President Obama was being"too hard on BP." He said it was just a simple mistake. BP has destroyed the gulf and is to blame. They need to be held accountable.He also said the coal mines do not need to regulated. Where has he been?

     
  • posted at 10:09 am on Sat, May 22, 2010.

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    I watched Rand Paul Friday morning on ABC’s GMA and saw a man tap dancing allover trying to cover his rear after he spoke out on the Civil rights act of 1964 and madea few other off the wall comments. It was reported that the main stream Republicans were distancing themselves from Paul. Actually he looked like any other politico…

     
  • posted at 7:31 am on Sat, May 22, 2010.

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    Since winning the primary, Paul has gained ground among Republican voters and is now supported by 82% of the GOP faithful. That figure is up from 69% earlier. Paul also earns 73% support from unaffiliated voters at this time. That, too, reflects a huge bounce following the primary victory.WHOO HOO!!!!

     
  • posted at 7:25 am on Sat, May 22, 2010.

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    Joe: Barry is only interested in a Sigularity...himself...he even went so far as to change his name because it sounded more academic and impressive. It is all about appearance and rhetoric, if it looks and sounds good...it HAS to BE good. History's highways are paved with people just like him...smart guys.

     
  • posted at 7:20 am on Sat, May 22, 2010.

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    Hey Joe! You forgot to mention Ron Paul's son, Rand Paul.Rand Paul Wins Kentucky GOP Primary. With 43 percent of precincts reporting, Paul was ahead of Grayson 60 percent to 36 percent, according to the AP. Grayson, the choice of much of the GOP establishment (including top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, Kentucky's senior senator), had initially been expected to win the Republican nomination fairly easily. But Grayson didn't win!http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20005332-503544.htmlAnd looking to November? According to Rasmussen Report: Rand Paul, riding the momentum of his big Republican Primary win on Tuesday, now posts a 25-point lead over Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, but there’s a lot of campaigning to go. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/kentucky/election_2010_kentucky_senateWay to go! Once he's in, heck, he could do an Obama and run for prez in 2012. Unlike his daddy, Rand Paul is young enough to just keep going.

     
  • posted at 3:17 am on Sat, May 22, 2010.

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    I want EVERY Democrat to buy some (If Not) all of Obama's Books. http://www.obamabook.org/The profit royalties will go to a worthy family that needs (YOUR MONEY).ORDER your copies NOW!

     
  • posted at 3:15 am on Sat, May 22, 2010.

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    No one can SAVE the Democrats now that American Voters see first hand, that (Social Programs will NOT create jobs and put people to work. Frustration drove voters to switch to the death road Democrats have put america on, but Voting can get us back on track!Vote Every Democrat Out Of Office, and don't forget their BOSS!Obama is making millions off his BOOKS.... do you really think he cares how you or I struggle?

     

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