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Sonia Sotomayor Was in a Secret Girls Club

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Sonia Sotomayor found friends in elite group – Kenneth P. Vogel –

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June 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm

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Blago Defies Convention!!!

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In a throwback to the days of blatantly corrupt politics, Blagojevich has deftly outmaneuvered his opponents by naming someone to fill out the remainder of Obama’s now-vacant Senate seat. The insanity of it all boggles the mind. Nevermind that Blago is on the cusp of impeachment for allegedly selling that vacant seat. Nevermind that anyone he chose would be tainted by association with Blago. And nevermind that everyone with anything to say about it had promised to block any attempt by Blago to fill the seat.

Blago’s appointment would have been just madness had he simply chosen a white guy dumb enough to accept the appointment. However, in a stroke of genius Blago played the race card with all the understatedness of a Japanese dekotora by selected an well-respected Black statesman, who would replace Obama as the Senate’s only Black. So now US Senate Dems are in a tough spot. Will Harry Reid follow through with his promise to use some kind of archaic procedure to bar Blago’s appointment. As Bobby Rush so diplomatically put it, do 99 white senators want to have their names on a plan to keep Blago’s appointee Burris out? Brilliant, brash, and at the end of the day simply pathetic, that Blago.

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December 31, 2008 at 6:28 am

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How Palin Changes the Race

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Sarah Palin. There has been little talk of anything else for the past week. If only to mute the buzz of the Obama campaign, which has clearly dominated the airwaves in the previous months, she has been a huge success. Last Friday morning, the talk was supposed to be of Barack Obama’s landmark acceptance speech the night before at Invesco Field in Denver. Alas, only the print media had that opportunity. Not long after the first editions were hitting the stands, the live media began covering a leak that Palin might be McCain’s surprise VP pick. From that point forward, Palin has been the center of media focus; and last night’s rocking acceptance speech, which energized the party faithful in a way McCain himself has failed to do since winning the primaries, only served to reinvigorate the frenzy over this hertofore unknown governor from Alaska.

The concurrence to be found among the punditry as they struggle to make sense of this all is only among the truly partisan. The widespread charges of inexperience and hypocrisy are offset by the irrepressible raving of the Right. And for these, nothing the Libs or media cynics say will dampen their enthusiasm. In fact, it will probably only serve to stoke that enthusiasm. This is probably the most important effect of the Palin choice, and most advantageous for McCain. This alone might be enough to make the choice of Palin a worthwhile gamble for McCain; but there’s more.

John McCain has struggled for months to win the affections of the GOP faithful. In that time, as I have wandered through the circles of staunch GOP activists and fundraisers, a consistent message stood out until last night–lukewarm enthusiasm bordering on apathy in some extreme cases. As McCain endeavored to counter this, he made some concessions to the Right that hurt his Maverick credentials. And in this he began to lose what made McCain the Maverick unique, and the hero of those who also praise the issue-before-party approach of Joe Lieberman.

Now, Palin has taken the pressure off McCain. In a few short days the GOP faithful have been brought back to a circa-2004 level of excitement. This will allow John to return to what he’s best at-mildy annoying his own party and winning the hearts of independents. Now John can be John. Palin has made that possible. In the hearts of Republicans, it seems that now Palin has also made victory possible. And in the meantime, a GOP star has been born.

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September 5, 2008 at 1:56 am

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GOP Primary Also Not Over, Sez Paul

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According to Jonathan Martin at, Ron Paul is running ads in Pennsylvania against McCain. Someone needs to tell Paul to get out of the race for the good of the party…


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April 21, 2008 at 9:21 pm