Tuesday, January 19, 2010

No surprise here!

Does Congressman Blackburn even know any Democrats? From the Tennessean...

Analysis pegs Lamar Alexander as most bipartisan in Tennessee

January 19th, 2010 - When it comes to President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, Sen. Lamar Alexander hasn't done a very good job of following the admonition to not say anything about someone if you can't say something nice. He invoked disgraced President Richard Nixon when he suggested that Obama's White House might be creating an enemies list of political opponents to punish. He said the Democratic health-care reform proposal would slash "Grandma's" Medicare. So it comes as a surprise to find Alexander among the Republican senators who most often supported Obama in his votes in 2009 and who most often voted against the majority of his own party.

Those two nuggets come from the 2009 version of the annual vote studies by Congressional Quarterly released last week. CQ analyzes selected votes to measure party unity and support for the president. On party unity, Alexander shows up eighth among the 40 Republican senators for voting 23.3 percent of the time against the majority of his own party. He ranks fifth among GOP senators for his support of Obama, voting 68.4 percent of the time for the president's position on an issue when it was clearly stated. Overall, the study found that Congress is as partisan as ever and that Obama won a lot of votes in his first year in office.

Blackburn called most partisan

Among the Tennessee delegation, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn was scored the most partisan — and one of the most partisan members of the House — voting with the majority of her party on these party unity votes 98.8 percent of the time. She also ranked the highest among Tennessee House members, and among the highest nationally, for opposing Obama in 88.7 percent of the votes that were studied.

Party unity scores for the other members of the Middle Tennessee House delegation are: Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Murfreesboro, 93 percent; Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Pall Mall, and Rep. John Tanner, D-Union City, both 89 percent; and Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, 83 percent. Gordon ranked highest in presidential support with 92 percent, followed by Tanner at 86 percent, Cooper at 85 and Davis at 83. Republican Sen. Bob Corker supported Obama's position in 54 percent of his votes and had a party unity score of 87 percent.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Normally, I could care less about Sarah Palin but,..... what?

Palin to address alcohol industry event in Las Vegas
From CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Washington (CNN) - Las Vegas and alcohol probably aren't the first two things that come to mind at the mention of Sarah Palin, but the former vice presidential candidate is about to change that.

At least that's according to Craig Wolf, the president and CEO of the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America, who announced Tuesday that Palin will keynote the group's annual convention and and expo in Las Vegas in early April.

"Governor Palin is a great supporter of America's free enterprise system and understands that industries like the beverage alcohol industry play a key role in driving our national economy. We're proud and honored to welcome her as a speaker," Wolf said in a statement. "We expect she will share with the convention attendees her analysis of the current political environment and her vision for America's future."

The Las Vegas stop comes a few days before Palin is scheduled to address the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, a major gathering of GOP leaders that that in recent years has become an early proving ground for potential presidential candidates.

She's speaking because she supports free enterprise?... at an alcohol convention in Las Vegas? Is this a joke?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Jon = funny

Jon Stewart: Two elected Democratic senators out of their caucus of 60 are stepping down, and 11 Democratic congressional representatives will be retiring, compared to 6 out of the 40 Republican Senators and 14 House Republicans. So I think we know how the media is going to play this:

Campbell Brown: Congressional Democrats dropping like flies...

Andrea Mitchell
: Democrats reeling from a recent string of retirement announcements...

Sean Hannity
: Democrats all around the country are running scared...

Rush Limbaugh
: They're running for the hills!

Jon Stewart
: It's less! The other party has more people leaving! How are those figures not even like a wash, or a little bit in the Democrats' favor? Boy, you fuckers can make controversy out of anything, can't you? Why do you have to have everything sound more interesting than it is? Y'know, if Congress made it rain cookies, the headline would read: DEMOCRATS LEAVE MILLIONS MILKLESS!