Posted at 10:56pm on Jun. 19, 2008 2 Freshman House Ds From Fla. Ripe For Defeat

By pilgrim

Promoted from the diaries by Neil Stevens...

U.S. Reps. Ron Klein (left) and Tim Mahoney (right) join Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill. for 'Let's go Communist' bill to be introduced by Rahm Emanuel, Maurice Hinchey, Ed Markey, and Nick Rahall as co-sponsors. This is what Maurice Hinchley said on the House floor June 19, 2008:

We (the government) should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets out into the market.

On Ron Klein's website he writes:

I am working to pass legislation
that gives the oil companies an ultimatum: “Drill It or Lose It.”

On Tim Mahoney's website he writes the following:

The Responsible Federal Oil and Gas Lease Act of 2008 employs a "use it or lose it" tactic that will compel oil and gas companies to either produce or give up the federal onshore and offshore leases they are stockpiling by barring the companies from obtaining any more leases unless they can demonstrate that they are producing oil and gas, or are diligently developing the leases they already hold.

Read on...

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Posted at 10:16am on Jun. 9, 2008 Tim Mahoney (D-FL) Tacitly Admits He's A Chicken

By Erick

Tim Mahoney (D-FL) is running scared.

With Tom Rooney and two other Republicans gunning for him this year, Mahoney has officially declared himself too chicken to compete.

Barack Obama has effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, but freshman U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Palm Beach Gardens, isn't hopping on the bandwagon. Mahoney says he'll remain an uncommitted superdelegate through the party convention this summer. And Mahoney plans to keep a low profile in the presidential race this fall as he seeks reelection to one of the nation's most competitive congressional seats.

"I wasn't elected to be a role model as to how people should vote," Mahoney says of the presidential race. "People in my district are smart enough to decide."

Mahoney says it is not about self preservation, but we all know otherwise. Mahoney does not want to be seen as aligned with someone as radical as Barack Obama.

But he will still vote for Obama, won't he.

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Posted at 7:35am on Jun. 2, 2008 The Way Democrats Count Every Vote

By California Yankee

Based on what the Press is reporting about the Democrats' great compromise to allow the seating of the previously disenfranchised Florida and Michigan delegations, you may believe you understand that the Democrats reached a reasonable and fair compromise giving each Florida and Michigan delegate half a vote.

According to the press reports, the Democrats will allow each vote to count and still punish Florida and Michigan for violating the Party's rules about how soon primaries could be held.

That is what the Democrats did for Florida, but not Michigan.

No, for Michigan the Democrats decided to do a little of their creative counting of every vote.

Read on, there is more.

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Posted at 1:08pm on May 31, 2008 Democrats Try To Make Up With Florida And Michigan

The Democrats Can Be So Undemocratic

By California Yankee

The Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee will meet today to undo the Party's disenfranchisement of Florida's and Michigan's Democrats.

Now that Obama leads Hillary by about 200 delegates, the Rules and Bylaws Committee is likely to compromise and, following the Republican Party's example the Democrats should have adopted last year, agree to seat half of the Florida and Michigan delegates.

Hillary is pushing hard to seat all the delegates:

Counting the two states' votes could bring Clinton close enough to Obama's total among pledged delegates which in turn could help persuade the party's "superdelegates" that she is the more electable general election candidate.

The Democrat's fight over the Florida and Michigan Delegates may not be resolved today. In March, Hillary threatened to fight all the way to the Democrat's national convention:

"I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started and until we see what happens in the next 10 contests and until we resolve Florida and Michigan. And if we don't resolve it, we'll resolve it at the convention -- that's what credentials committees are for."

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Posted at 9:35am on May 28, 2008 I don't think that this "McCain flies off the handle" meme is quite working, gentlemen. [UPDATED]

But by all means, keep trying.

By Moe Lane

In fact, like Eric of Classical Values (H/T Instapundit) I'm pretty sure that at this point he just finds it funny, if a bit sad:

Much like I do, in fact [UPDATE: And much as my colleague absentee does, as well. He has a longer, yet semantically identical, video at his site]. Now, the planned protests at the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting this Saturday; yeah, that should be just full of people flying off of the handle enthusiastically giving their collective opinion:

The Democratic National Committee is bracing itself for protests outside its Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting on Saturday in Washington, where the fates of the Florida and Michigan primaries could finally be decided.

Supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton are organizing to march and then gather on the street outside the panel’s meeting, scheduled for Saturday morning at a hotel in Northwest Washington.

“They’re coming up on buses, they’re taking the train, they’re Metro-ing, they’re coming up with friends,” said Allida Black, a professor at George Washington University and an event organizer. “We’re trying to flood it.”

I was originally going to just sleep in on Saturday - they filled up available seats to the meeting itself ten minutes after they started offering them to the public - but that was before I found out that there was going to be a free show, and everything.

Moe Lane

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Posted at 6:51pm on May 23, 2008 "If It's Friday, It Must Be... Oh, God. Please. Where am I? Why is it all blurry?"

You might as well have called it *Sunset*, Florida, Barry.

By Moe Lane

Or Sundown, Sundance, Sundog, Sunflower, or even Sunofasunofascoundrellikeme. Because even if you had called gotten the name right ("Sunrise"), well.

You see, not to be vicious about it, but as long as you're in play Florida... isn't. Something about how they're unaccountably upset that you don't want their votes to count in the primary. Totally unreasonable of them about that, but what can one do except hope that things change?

Oh, and before I go on vacation, can I ask: if you're winning, why is it that less and less Democrats want your opponent to drop out? (Via Hot Air)

I'd tell you to enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, Senator, except that I'm not quite that cruel.

Moe Lane

PS: Sioux City is in Iowa, Senator. Sioux Falls is in South Dakota. Then again, I got the State wrong in the first draft, too - so maybe that one isn't so bad. I guess that I'm just getting exhausted watching you.

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Posted at 10:42am on Mar. 19, 2008 Attention, Florida Republicans. Howard Dean is giving us a gift.

Please adjust your definition of "attainable" accordingly.

By Moe Lane

Via (amusingly) TalkLeft we see the latest bit of fallout from the 48 State Strategy:

Times poll: Dems want primary results to count

Howard Dean and Barack Obama may insist Florida’s Democratic presidential primary was meaningless, but a new poll shows Florida Democrats aren’t buying it, and one in four may not back their party's nominee in November if Florida winds up with no voice in the nomination.

Not only do Florida Democrats say that the Democratic presidential contenders’ boycott of their primary had little effect, but an overwhelming plurality want the officially meaningless results to count, a new St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 poll finds.

The actual language is "...one in four said they would be less likely to support the ultimate Democratic nominee if Florida’s delegates don’t count;" nonetheless, this is very interesting news. GOP activists in FL-16 and FL-22, please resolve whatever local disputes that you might have and unite behind a single candidate. FL-02, please increase your support for Robert Ortiz; FL-19, Edward Lynch; FL-23, Marion Thorpe. Yes, yes, long shots, but Chairman Dean seems determined to abandon this state; make 'em sweat and spend money in the general.

Lastly, FL-03, FL-17, FL-20 Republicans: the deadline for filing candidates is apparently not until 04/28/2008. Please contemplate taking this opportunity to put up challengers. Yes, even longer shots. So what? You can't win if you don't bloody try.

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Posted at 8:54am on Mar. 6, 2008 It's a horrible idea for Michigan which means it'll probably happen soon

By RightMichigan.com

Promoted by Jeff

I suppose it was only a matter of time before Michigan Democrats went ahead and intentionally lost their minds.  The high-pitched buzzing about scrapping legal election results because the Democrat National Committee didn't like the date they were gathered is growing more intense by the day with folks here in the State who previously defended Michigan now suddenly willing to bow down and kiss the ring on Howard Dean's middle finger.

Read on.

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Posted at 7:10pm on Jan. 30, 2008 Oh Yea, Hillary Claims Victory In Florida


By California Yankee

Like other Democratic presidential wanabees, Hillary pledged "not to campaign or participate in any state which schedules a presidential election primary or caucus before Feb. 5, 2008, except for the states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina."

Hillary found it expedient to make that "pledge" so she could compete in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.

Read On.

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Posted at 2:20am on Jan. 30, 2008 Florida

By Pejman Yousefzadeh

We'll skip Hillary Clinton's empty and hollow victory except to note that with Florida and Michigan in her win column, she now wants the states to send delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Of course, because the Democratic National Committee was upset at the way in which the two states scheduled their primaries, they decreed that Florida and Michigan could not send delegates to the convention. Other candidates agreed to this and did not campaign in Florida or Michigan. Hillary Clinton campaigned and "won." If you think that this is opportunism run amok, you are probably right. But I guess that's the result of being driven to a near fury by Barack Obama.

Now to the Republicans. My friend, the great and good Joshua Trevino believes that Mitt Romney has won something of a stealth victory. I disagree. While Romney did indeed capture some important demographics, McCain is widely seen as the winner. With winning comes momentum and with momentum comes an eventual aura of inevitability as far as achieving the Republican nomination is concerned. Rudy Giuliani is dropping out of the race and will endorse McCain tomorrow. That will give McCain even more momentum going into the debate at the Reagan Library. Romney will fight on and Huckabee may have some chances to make waves in a week. But it is McCain's to lose and I don't think he'll lose it.

Of course, this means that McCain will have to prepare himself for the fight over policy in the fall. Which also means that he will need to get himself some good ideas people concerning the issues of the day. I suggest Megan McArdle on the issue of pharmaceuticals. I trust I am not getting ahead of myself here and if it needs to be said, I believe that if the GOP eventually selects a different nominee, that person ought to allow himself to be advised by Megan. So, for that matter, should the eventual Democratic nominee, though I understand that this would entail giving up a demagogic talking point.

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Posted at 1:45pm on Jan. 29, 2008 Predict the Result in Florida and Win!

It's useful and frightening at the same time

By Ben Domenech

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Posted at 12:52am on Jan. 10, 2008 Skill vs. Enthusiasm Watch, 01/09/2008

Or, "Age and Treachery will always beat youth and inexperience, Part MCMXXXIV."

By Moe Lane

The trap jaws have already sprung shut, but, hey: at least they're trying. For all the good it will do them:

Voters Face Confusion in Michigan Dem Race
By Peter Slevin

CHICAGO -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the only top-tier Democrat on the Jan. 15 Michigan primary ballot, but followers of her chief rivals are hoping to wound her all the same.

A fresh poll suggests that running nearly unopposed will not mean winning nearly 100 percent of the vote.

The campaigns of Sen. Barack Obama and former senator John Edwards are urging their supporters to cast ballots for "uncommitted," according to state Democratic party chairman Mark Brewer. The Obama campaign says there may be "grass-roots efforts," but that the Chicago-based campaign is not involved.

Via Protein Wisdom, and more here.

Read on.

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