So, I am on my way to get the car washed today and I drive by a house with a John McCain for President yard sign. However, this particular sign read: "Another Democrat for McCain".

Next to that particular sign was a gigantic Steve Gottwalt sign.

To the folks that live at this particular residence, I call BULLSHIT! No self respecting Democrat who believed in liberal, progressive, or even blue dog principles would be supporting Steve Gottwalt. While John McCain may have a couple centrist positions, Gottwalt is a lap dog of the ultra right wing of the Republican Party. Either you haven't studied enough about the candidates you are supporting or you were never really a Democrat to begin with.
12:16 PM | Posted in , ,
H/T to Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:

Check out the "Maverick" being very Presidential:

At about 16 seconds into this clip, McCain lets fly with two "horseshit" expletives under his breath. The question is, what does John McCain believe is horseshit? That he appeared to have put Spain into the list of countries we shouldn't talk to or that Barack Obama dare question his decisions?

Will Senator McCain be dealing with everyone in this manner? Muttering horseshit every time he doesn't like what they have to say? How very bipartisan of him...
5:01 PM | Posted in ,
Friday, September 26th I will be twittering the first Presidential Debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. Don't know what Twitter is? It is a social networking/short messaging service that you can sign up for and use to follow people.

UPDATE: Jeff Rosenberg of Twin Cities Daily Liberal and I will be teaming up for tonight's Twitterfest of the debate that almost wasn't. Apparently, the economic crisis is over given that McCain decided not only to show up to debate but also to declare advanced victory!

You can follow me on Twitter at Political_Muse or you can keep track of comments on the left sidebar here on Liberal in the Land of Conservative. However, if you are looking for serious commentary of each candidate, then you have come to the wrong place. My Twitter is meant for mockery and high levels of sarcasm! UPDATE: As Jeff Rosenberg calls it, "The snarkiest debate coverage in town".

Also, you can join me in the official Liberal in the Land of Conservative chat room. Click on the image below and chat away (there is no sign up required).
Geesee CHAT
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Friday, September 26th I will be twittering the first Presidential Debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. Don't know what Twitter is? It is a social networking/short messaging service that you can sign up for and use to follow people.

You can follow me on Twitter at Political_Muse or you can keep track of comments on the left sidebar here on Liberal in the Land of Conservative. However, if you are looking for serious commentary of each candidate, then you have come to the wrong place. My Twitter is meant for mockery and high levels of sarcasm!

Also, you can join me in the official Liberal in the Land of Conservative chat room. Click on the image below and chat away (there is no sign up required).
Geesee CHAT
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Keith Ellison began his day by lambasting the Bush Administration for the current economic crisis. Later, he spoke about the need to pass the Credit Card Holders Bill of Rights (although Jeff Rosenberg over at Twin Cities Daily Liberal took issue with his desire to see the bill rolled into the final bailout package). Finally, he joined with others to press for an interfaith dialogue between Christians, Jews, and Muslims.

Ellison on the Bush Administration:

Ellison on the Credit Card Holders Bill of Rights:

Ellison on interfaith dialogue:

This is a continued effort to highlight the floor speeches of Minnesota's Democratic delegation in Congress. For more floor speeches, visit the MNMuseTube Page.
Senator Amy Klobuchar addressed the Senate briefly on energy but more substantially on the passage of the Wellstone Mental Health Parity Bill. This is the bill that retiring representative, Jim Ramstad, has been working tirelessly to pass and the bill that his Minnesota Republican colleagues have tried to defeat. If that isn't a slap in the face, I'm not sure what is...

For more information, check out my friends Jeff Rosenberg at Twin Cities Daily Liberal and Ollie Ox over at Bluestem Prairie.

This is a continued effort to highlight the floor speeches of Minnesota's Democratic delegation in Congress. For more floor speeches, visit the MNMuseTube Page.
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Collin Peterson was on the floor trying once again to pass the Commodity Markets Transparency and Accountability Act of 2008 (HR 6604). The bill had been brought up in late July but failed to gain the 2/3 vote needed to pass.

To begin with, Peterson exchanged some words with Republican Pete Sessions over the bill and its passage. Apparently, Sessions wasn't happy that the minority isn't getting the attention he believes they deserve. It sucks to be in the minority, doesn't it Mr. Sessions?

After those words, Peterson continued to address the bill:

This is a continued effort to highlight the floor speeches of Minnesota's Democratic delegation in Congress. For more floor speeches, visit the MNMuseTube Page.
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In the past week, Betty McCollum has been active on the floor of the House of Representatives renaming post offices, defending the Comprehensive Energy Bill, commemorating Constitution Day, and addressing the financial crisis.

In the relatively boring but important category, McCollum was touting the passage of post office tributes. Included amongst them was one in North St. Paul in honor of former mayor Bill Sandberg.

McCollum also took some time out to express her support for the recently passed Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act. You know the one that increases offshore oil drilling that Republicans promptly opposed!

On September 17, she spoke about Constitution Day:

Fun Fact: I force my students to memorize the Preamble to the Constitution and have them recite it once per week every week for an entire quarter! They love it...

This week, McCollum addressed the financial crisis and urged President Bush to address a joint session of Congress. Don't hold your breath Representative:

This is a continued effort to highlight the floor speeches of Minnesota's Democratic delegation in Congress. For more floor speeches, visit the MNMuseTube Page.
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Since posting the Katie Couric interview of Joe Biden, I have watched as outraged commenter after outraged commenter posts about this Biden statement:

"Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.' "

Looking at the comments of some you might think that the sole piece of knowledge one needs in order to be President or Vice President is that Herbert Hoover (a Republican, by the way) was President when the stock market crashed in 1929 and that television came after the Roosevelt presidency. But does this gaffe matter? Not even a little bit...

An article from Slate Magazine makes this case for Joe Biden as a gaffe prone but also gaffe immune candidate:

But it's hard to see Biden's runaway mouth doing much damage. Just look at the history. Biden drew glares when he suggested that in Delaware, "you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent." Later, he called Obama "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." Careers have ended over less. But Obama bailed him out, saying he knew Biden meant well. Those two gaffes could easily have created the narrative that Joe Biden is a racist. But that didn't happen.

Why? It's possible people don't care because he would only be vice president. But that hasn't stopped the gaffe police from monitoring everything Sarah Palin says. Another explanation is that the media give Biden a free pass. But this ignores both history—the media were almost singlehandedly responsible for ending his presidential run in 1988, when they exposed his plagiarized speeches—and current events: The media regularly report Biden's gaffes (as well as McCain's), but they are mostly forgotten.

The better explanation is more theoretical. There are basically three kinds of gaffes, and Joe Biden appears to be immune to all of them. Informational gaffes are when you get your facts wrong (John McCain mixing up Sunni and Shiite); message gaffes are when you get your policy wrong (Biden saying he opposed clean coal plants in the United States); and political gaffes are when you offend some interest group perceived to be important to your success (Hillary Clinton referring to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in discussing Obama's candidacy). Each can be damaging, depending on the candidate and his weaknesses.

Informational gaffes don't hurt Biden because, whatever his imperfections, he's generally seen as worldly and knowledgeable. Message gaffes don't matter because, even if it's a headache for the campaign, they make him sound authentic. (If he thinks the ad is "terrible," that's just his honest opinion!) And political gaffes don't damage Biden because, well, he's so darned congenial. Even John McCain likes him. He'll attack, but he's rarely nasty. The only real insult he's hurled this campaign was criticism of Rudy Giuliani's campaign as nothing more than "a noun, a verb, and 9/11."

Adapting Biden to the general election hasn't just been about avoiding gaffes. It's also about infusing him with Obama's message—and style. Biden's stump speech now climaxes with the repetition of "Imagine a world …" followed by various Democratic fantasies. Some of his poetry about "angels' wings" and "shining lights" sounds downright Barackian. He maintains his unmatched ability to work a room—at the NJDC event, he told a joke about a Jewish crew team. But it's clear at these events that he's addressing the cameras in the back as much as the local crowd. His remarks about McCain and Bermuda immediately became national news.

These two adjustments—the attempts to eliminate gaffes and the adoption of Obama's smooth style—will be tested at the vice presidential debate Oct. 2. There, Biden's gaffe immunity will not protect him. The McCain campaign takes umbrage almost instantaneously, and dissing Sarah Palin could be construed as sexist. And the vast TV audience, much of it seeing him for the first time, may be less familiar with his gaffe history—and less forgiving of his gaffes.

Until then, Senator, gaffe away. When Obama picked Biden, some Democrats suggested that Biden's unpredictable tongue would become a distraction. Others criticized him as being too "safe." They're both right. He is a gaffe machine—but he's harmless.

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Those that know me well, know that I am a huge Joe Biden fan and the fact that he is now the Vice Presidential nominee makes this election all the more exciting for me.

Check it out:

This guy is the real deal...
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On my way home this weekend for the wedding of my sister, I snapped a shot of my favorite sign on I94. We already have a "syndrome" here in Stearns County. Do we really need to add another stigma to the area? I suppose as long as they "do" opposite gender cows it will be alright but woe onto these people if they try to "do" same gender cows!

And to those people who are prone to faux outrage, I would like to remind you that the above commentary is A JOKE!
5:26 PM | Posted in
I received this music video in my email inbox today:

Also, this message:

I've never done anything like this before, and I have no idea how to promote something on You Tube, so I'm just emailing fellow Minnesotans I think might get a smile out of my humorous take on our senator. If you like it, please promote it on your site so the two thousand hours I spent on this will not be wasted ;)

Please let me know what you think!
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In the hustle and bustle of politics it is important to stop and reflect on what is truly important in our lives, family and friends. While our friendship exists primarily through email and a desire to bring progressive politics to a relatively conservative area, I consider Hal Kimball a close friend.

His father passed this week after a long bout with lung cancer...

Please keep Hal and his family in your prayers and consider visiting his blog to offer your kind words of sympathy as he deals with the loss. Stay strong, Hal, and know that we are all thinking of you.
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Sarah Palin is given a softball question to talk about her specific foreign policy credentials and she is not even able to come up with one specific credential. Interestingly, Palin ends by telling the questioner that they need to be more specific!

Questioner: "Give us specific skills that you think you have to bring to the White House to rebut that or mitigate that concern."

The WTF moment in 3, 2, 1:

Let's review:
  • I'm an outsider...
  • I'm prepared...
  • I have that confidence, I have that readiness...
  • You are going to have to be more specific about your specifics question...

This was the scene following the brief Palin answer:
12:00 PM | Posted in ,
My LTE appears in the St. Cloud Times today:
Dear Michele Bachmann,

Over the past few months I have watched intently as you have attended forums in Washington DC and Texas while coming home to the 6th District only to ride atop floats in a number of parades. I have watched as you make appearances on national television shows such as Bill O'Reilly and Larry King while coming home to the 6th District only for river cruise fundraisers involving a select few individuals. I have watched as you avoid and ignore offers to debate or discuss issues from your opponent. I have watched as you avoided Farmfest and opted to send low level staffers in your place.

My question, Mrs. Bachmann, is what will it take for you to pay attention to the people of your district? It seems even in an election year and at the height of election season you are displaying an attitude of ownership over this area and thus feel no need to be in personal contact with the people living here. Granted, you and I don't agree on much and I support Elwyn Tinklenberg but how can you and more importantly, how can your supporters justify a 20 month tenure in office with nary a single open forum or constituent meeting in the district? Are you simply too busy? If so, perhaps you could talk to Tim Walz in the 1st District and ask him how he juggles three times more committees than you and has still found time to meet on numerous occasions and in numerous places with his constituents.

This is a reliably conservative area and the chances for ANY Democrat to win it are long but I have to wonder if you aren't taking advantage of that conservatism by assuming you don't even have to show up to win.

This, I believe, should be the primary focus of the Tinklenberg Campaign. Bachmann has been notably absent from the district for quite some time now and has spent an exorbitant amount of time running a national campaign for a local House district. If constituents continue to support a representative who has little time for the very people she represents, then they probably deserve to be ignored.

Cross Posted on Dump Bachmann
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On the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday, both Tim Walz and Keith Ellison stood in favor of a compromise bill that softened the hard stance some Democrats have taken on offshore drilling but added significant investment in renewable energy. Predictably, the same Republicans who had a snit fit during the August recess demanding the House come back in session also had a snit fit demanding everything they wanted or they were prepared to shut down the chamber.

Our very own Michele Bachmann, who has been touting an 'All of the Above' strategy revised that in support of a 'My way or the highway' strategy.

Keith Ellison:

Tim Walz:

This is a continued effort to highlight the floor speeches of Minnesota's Democratic delegation in Congress. For more floor speeches, visit the MNMuseTube Page.
7:38 PM | Posted in , ,
Do you ever wonder what strange things they are going to pull out next?

Super awesome economies, taking credit for Blackberries, & having your own surrogates claim you aren't qualified to run a company but are qualified to run an entire country. WTF?
6:31 PM | Posted in , ,
*Being a former POW makes one immune to every conceivable criticism...

*The fundamentals of this economy are super awesome (He must be talking to Michele Bachmann)...

*Admitting that you don't fully understand the economy doesn't immediately disqualify you from being President...

*We are a nation of whiners and any belief that this economy isn't super awesome is simply mental delusion...

*Not knowing how many houses you own does not make you an elitist...

*"lipstick on a pig" is a phrase one can use only if one is a Republican. Otherwise, it is OBVIOUSLY a sexist slam...

*John McCain created the Blackberry (Didn't Al Gore already try this schtick?)...

*John McCain isn't qualified to run a company but can be the chief executive for the largest economy in the ENTIRE WORLD...

*Proximity to foreign countries gives one foreign policy experience...

*When a Republican dominated legislature investigates you for misdeeds, it is a Democratic led witch hunt...

*Taking earmarks is the right thing to do in order to build the infrastructure of your state until demonizing earmarks becomes more politically viable...

*Being a hockey mom is all one needs to know about a candidate in order to support them for the second highest position in the land...

*Having a corrupt and indicted Senator of your state endorse you for Governor is the same as taking on the 'Good Old Boys' network.

*Having women pay for their own rape kits is all part of that culture of life stuff...

THIS is what I have learned thus far...
9:11 PM | Posted in , ,
Check it out:

9:33 PM | Posted in , ,
Have you ever wondered about all those people claiming it is the endtimes and that the world as we know it will be gone? I had considered them little more than crackpots in a long line of endtimes predictors. Yet, today I am beginning to wonder if they don't have a point as political slime merchant Karl Rove took John McCain to task for being a liar.

From Huffington Post:

"McCain has gone in his ads one step too far, and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100-percent-truth test," said Rove. "Both campaigns ought to be careful about... there ought to be an adult who says: 'Do we really need to go that far in this ad? Don't we make our point and get broader acceptance and deny the opposition an opportunity to attack us if we don't include that one little last tweak in the ad?'"

I urge everyone to remain calm as we still have not seen the other three horsemen of the apocalypse. However, beware of any more signs...
7:15 PM | Posted in ,
This week found the House and Senate back in session and Senator Amy Klobuchar making the case for infrastructure improvements and investments. Specifically, she was attempting to gain support for the $8 billion transfer from the general fund to the highway trust fund.

From the Associated Press:

"We must act," said Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. "The trust fund is broke, out of money. Our state and local governments, drivers, construction workers and many others suffer when highway projects are delayed." He and others pointed out that in 1998 the government moved $8 billion from the trust fund, then enjoying a large surplus, to the general fund for deficit reduction, and that this measure returned borrowed money.

Recently, Michele Bachmann was in attendance at the Values Voters Summit. I have to wonder if these are the values she is endorsing:

On sale at the event were waffles depicting an Aunt Jemima like image of Barack Obama as well as images depicting him as a Muslim.
From the AP:

Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap.

While Obama Waffles takes aim at Obama's politics by poking fun at his public remarks and positions on issues, it also plays off the old image of the pancake-mix icon Aunt Jemima, which has been widely criticized as a demeaning stereotype. Obama is portrayed with popping eyes and big, thick lips as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly.

Placing Obama in Arab-like headdress recalls the false rumor that he is a follower of Islam, though he is actually a Christian.

On the back of the box, Obama is depicted in stereotypical Mexican dress, including a sombrero, above a recipe for "Open Border Fiesta Waffles" that says it can serve "4 or more illegal aliens." The recipe includes a tip: "While waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?"

It is interesting that the sellers of this merchandise try to use the "it's political satire" line when we all know that here in Minnesota, political satire is fair game for attacks. So, Did Michele Bachmann or anyone associated with Bachmann purchase this racist merchandise? I guess we know what they mean when they call it the "Values" Voter Summit.
6:53 PM | Posted in , ,

H/T Huffington Post:

When does being a governor or mayor for a short period of time not disqualify your credentials on national security? When you are John McCain and your task is to defend your vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

When does being a governor or mayor for a short period of time ABSOLUTELY disqualify your credentials on national security? When you are John McCain and your task is to defeat primary opponents Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani.

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In recent days, The McCain Campaign has opted against a campaign of even half truths preferring to stick to the realm of barely true and full on lies. Adding to his substantial record of less than truthful statements, McCain has been full on lying about the Obama record on education. Couple that with the absolutely ridiculous "Lipstick on a Pig" fallacy and in the last few days McCain has earned himself two liar liar "Pants on Fire" awards and a less than stellar barely true award.

Apparently, the reform we can believe in will be a wholesale reform of the truth as we know it.
Carol Ronen, the now-retired state senator who sponsored the bill, said its main intent was to make sure that teenagers got information that was "medically accurate," a requirement that wasn't then part of the school code. A secondary effect was to expand age-appropriate sex education down to lower grades, to allow things like teaching school children to avoid sex predators, Ronen said.

"Barack never had anything to do with it," she said. "This is a lot of hoopla."

Obama voted for the legislation in committee on a party-line vote. He was not a sponsor nor a co-sponsor, and the legislation never made it to a full Senate vote. So calling it one of his accomplishments is wrong, since it never became law and it wasn't his bill anyway.

Education Week did write that Obama "hasn't made a significant mark on education," but the phrase is plucked out of its original context. It's is from a long article written during the Democratic primary that reviewed Obama's positions on education, particularly in comparison with the other Democratic candidates.

Here's the full quote:

"In his eight years in the state Senate and two years in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Obama hasn’t made a significant mark on education policy. In Illinois, his biggest accomplishments were in reforming state ethics rules and capital punishment. He did promote early-childhood initiatives that advocates considered 'innovative and progressive,' said Betsy D. Mitchell, a lobbyist for the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children. "His biggest accomplishment in the field was the creation of a state board to oversee the expansion of early-childhood education in the state, Ms. Mitchell said."

So Education Week did write the words "hasn't made a significant mark on education," but it was not as disparaging a remark as the ad makes it out to be.

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On this day, of all days, Jeff Rosenberg has put out a call to take ONE day off from the ludicrous character assassination politics. In honor of this day, I repost (which I notice was also filled with those willing to ignore any sense of decency) my own 9/11 story:

I was a young student teacher preparing for another day at Middle School in northern Minnesota. Another teacher, I cannot remember who, came into the room to inform us that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. The thought of terrorism far from our minds we wondered what tragic accident could have caused such an event. As the day began, word came to us that a second plane had run into the second tower. Obviously, this was no longer a tragic accident, but a horrendous act of barbarity by men without conscience. So many thoughts ran through my head that day as we tried to make the children's school day as normal as it possibly could be. From rage and the hopes of revenge to worry about the effects it would have on my students, I ran the gamut of emotions and reactions to the amazing event.

From TIME Quote of the Day:

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Join me and my right wing nemesis, Gary Gross, for a bipartisan celebration to mark the end of our long local nightmare. We will be meeting at Granite City Brewery here in St. Cloud at 8:30pm to raise our glasses to the fact that no matter who wins in Senate District 16, we have all won a little something by not having Mark Olson in the legislature.
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I am going to try to wade into the United States Senate race more in the next few weeks. With the players in this race finalized, it is clear to me that the candidate with truly Minnesota values is Independence Party candidate, Dean Barkley. This blog may be friendly territory for the vast majority of DFL candidates but in this race I cannot bring myself to support Al Franken.

Check out Blue Man for the Barkley press release following the primary win.
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According to the fact checking site, Politifact, the statements made by John McCain have been ruled half true or worse nearly 60% of the time.

By comparison, Obama has made those types of statements 45% of the time. Couple that with the fact that McCain has accrued 5 rulings of Pants on Fire to zero for Obama and we begin to see just who is being more honest with the American people.
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I am going to attempt to do my first liveblog of primary election results.

7:52pm (Predictions)

United States Senate:
  • Al Franken wins DFL primary but is forced to admit that Priscilla Lord Faris really did scare the hell out of him with her powerful insurgency through the Brodkorb blog.
  • Norm Coleman wins Republican primary.
  • Dean Barkley wins Independence primary.
6th Congressional District:
  • Aubrey Immelman wins an upset over Michele Bachmann after voters completely forget that she was even our representative.
  • Elwyn Tinklenberg wins but concedes that his non-existent challenger was a tough campaigner.
Senate District 16:
  • Mark Olson wins after traveling the district throwing bibles at any Krueger supporter trying to vote.
8:05 pm: ALL races still too close to call or no one showed up and we are totally screwed!

8:09 pm: Oh my GOD, Norm Coleman is totally going to lose!

8:12 pm: Congratulations, Aubrey Immelman! He got 50 votes...

8:14 pm: Norm Coleman is under 90%. Brodkorb is sweating bullets right now. Also, Priscilla Lord Faris is in the 35% range.

8:20 pm: Anytime now we will be hearing the concession speech from Elwyn Tinklenberg as he is currently garnering only 100% of the vote. I am watching a Priscilla Lord Faris ad right now. Don't you think its a little late for that one?

8:26 pm: State of the Senate Race. So, Mr. Williams, how is that Independence Party endorsement working out for you?

8:34 pm: While Aubrey Immelman is only garnering 13% of the vote, we still have yet to see returns from the crucial sympathetic to vagrant hitchhiker precincts!

8:39 pm: My biggest concern right now is that Bill Dahn only has 59 votes in a statewide race. Doesn't he have any family in the state? I could garner that much with just my mother's side of the family. Poor guy...

8:42 pm: The first numbers from SD 16. Concede Mark, CONCEDE!

9:07 pm: OMG, Bachmann just posted a vote total of all 6's. hmmmm.

9:20 pm: Dean Barkley with only 62% of the vote! Obviously, a vote of no confidence. Norm Coleman with less than 100% of the vote! Again, no confidence. Al Franken with 69% of the vote! Obviously, a sexual innuendo. That SICKO.

9:28 pm: Krueger leading Olson 55% to 44%! This ballot has got to be rigged because NO ONE beats God's Representative.

9:45 pm: How much longer can this go on and still have me interested? not much longer...

9:53 pm: State of the race in SD16 (Can Olson recover from this deficit?)
10:15 pm: I am going to bed assuming the following things
  1. Norm Coleman won but given his inability to unify the Republican Party around him he is doomed.
  2. Dean Barkley won even though he was running against 6,000 other candidates.
  3. Al Franken won but, well, who cares...
  4. The people of the 6th District are clearly voting FOR Michele Bachmann to keep her from coming back to the district.
  5. Alison Krueger defeated God's obvious endorsed candidate. The endtimes are near...
  6. The people that voted for perennial candidate, Bruno Gad, need to stop voting because they clearly don't have the mental capacity to participate in our system of government.
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I was a little disappointed to notice that I was only the 42nd person to cast a ballot at my polling place by 4:30 pm. Although there were really only two high profile primaries in my area anyway (6th District and United States Senate).

Shhhh, don't tell anyone but I voted in the Independence Party primary.
Tomorrow is Primary Election Day here in Minnesota and really the only race to watch is in Senate District 16 where convicted abuser Mark Olson is trying to keep his place in the government he detests so much. Will the voters in the area turn out to support him and thereby destroy their claims of moral superiority or will they do what should be done and politely nudge Olson back into the private sector?

While I hesitate to promote the work of Gary Gross because frankly, he has been a testy old crank towards me lately, he has been doing a good job going after Mark Olson in this series of posts:
Gross may be doing everything he can to see Alison Krueger gets a win out of the primaries but I am certainly not confidant enough to discount the level of craziness in Senate District 16. I have said it before and I say it again, that there is a large number of voters in the area that firmly believe that Mark Olson is GOD'S REPRESENTATIVE and there is nothing Gross or I or anyone else can say to change that. So, I offer this wager:

If Alison Krueger pulls off an upset and wins this primary, I will gladly buy Gary Gross a beer. However, if Mark Olson wins I will gladly accept my Gross purchased beer and will enter into a one time only unholy alliance to defeat Olson. I await the response of the curmudgeon...
The Obama Campaign has a great ad out highlighting the so called "Maverick":

Oh, and that whole "Bridge to Nowhere" meme:

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I wish I loved Ameirca as much as the folks at the RNC:

It's just that I don't know where Ameirca is...
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While some political junkies have looked to the "swing states" to determine the direction of this election, I am taking a slightly different direction by monitoring the state of my birth.

Of the last 29 Presidential elections in which North Dakota has participated, only FIVE have seen the state vote for a Democratic candidate. The last time being for Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Suffice it to say, North Dakota should be a place the Republicans can right off as a guarantee. However, in the last few polls that have come from the state we have seen a race that is too close to call. Why is that? I would posit that a race this close in a state such as North Dakota just may herald an electoral disaster for the McCain/Palin ticket.

Back in 2004, John Kerry couldn't muster any more than 35% in the state:
Graphs provided by

Yet, in the polling conducted throughout this year a trend of McCain and Obama swapping very small leads has emerged:
Graphs provided by

Let's be clear, the chances of Obama picking up North Dakota remain slim and the addition of Sarah Palin to the ticket of McCain hasn't been sufficiently tested. However, the mere fact that Obama is competitive appears to me to be an indicator. If John McCain cannot trounce Barack Obama in a state such as North Dakota there are some dark clouds looming on the prairie and in North Dakota those clouds can be seen for miles!

I wrote about the phenomena of North Dakota politics back in April when Barack Obama visited the state:

I have always thought of North Dakota as a different political animal. These are a people who hold their political views close to their chest and their money even closer. While they consistently vote Republican for President, they have also provided Congress with an entirely Democratic delegation.

The lesson for North Dakota is that they are willing to vote for a Democrat, but that Democrat must stop ignoring the state and participate in the retail politics that it will take to get North Dakotans to vote for a Democratic President. Let us hope that this appearance heralds a new era in Democratic politics where we stop ignoring states such as North Dakota.

Also, back in February, I wrote in response to a story about political fundraising in North Dakota:

Politics in North Dakota is an entirely different animal than in the rest of the country or even here in Central Minnesota. It is not a matter of economic status as the article tries to hint at towards the end but rather a matter of culture and priorities. I have somewhat of a unique perspective on this subject having grown up in the area and having done some fundraising for the North Dakota Democratic NPL Party.

On Culture: Perhaps it is the prevalence of Scandinavian blood in the state which dictates that no matter what you believe, you mind your business and don't air your dirty laundry in public. This certainly extends into the political arena. Growing up, I don't know that I ever saw a yard sign or even heard people publicly discuss their political positions. It was one of those things, much like religion and family matters, that was kept to yourself.

That is precisely why it was such a culture shock to move closer to the Twin Cities where politics and political discussion rages on in a very public manner.

On Money: It seems to me, due to this culture of privacy, that North Dakotans detest putting themselves out there by giving even those they support any money. When I did fundraising, from a fairly reliable list of Democrats, it was almost as if we had the wrong list. It literally took every ounce of power to keep these people on the phone for an extended period of time. To top it off, North Dakotans hang on to their money more than perhaps any other people on the planet. It was rarely a situation where they didn't have the money but rather of not being interested in talking about politics with some stranger on the phone. This is a place where people driving Cadillacs are considered a little too flamboyant for our tastes.

If the Obama Campaign can continue paying attention to the state, he just may have a shot at one of the reddest states in the union. For North Dakotans, its not a matter of being wholly conservative but of demanding that anyone they support damn well better pay them some attention.
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This one is simply inspiring:

Joe Biden taking the Republican Party to the woodshed:
Barack Obama Democratic Convention Speech (wordled):John McCain Republican Convention Speech (wordled):

Is there anything to infer about these two speeches and these two candidates from the wordle?
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I will be twittering the McCain speech tonight just as I have for the Palin and Obama speeches. You can follow along on the left sidebar here on Liberal in the Land of Conservative or over at my Twitter page.

Question of the night: If John McCain gets fewer than 37 million viewers (the number who watched Sarah Palin) does this officially become the Palin-McCain ticket rather than the other way around?
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H/T Time Quotes Online:

Open quoteLet's remember: Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. So, it's not as if she doesn't understand what's at stake here.Close quote

on Republican vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin, who is governor of Alaska

I was always under the impression that foreign policy experience was based upon being involved in foreign policy decisions. Little did I realize that living in proximity to Canada for all those years gave me 24+ years of foreign policy experience.