Finally, definitive proof that at least one Wisconsin Republican voter has a heart. Sixty-Nine year old Terry Kopplin was planning on a trip to the polls Tuesday to do his patriotic duty when he began having chest pains. He was rushed to the hospital where emergency surgery was conducted to insert a metal stint into a coronary artery. The life-long Republican regained consciousness in the recovery room and immediately demanded a ballot to vote for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker. A friend secured the absentee ballot and brought it to Kopplin who voted in the hospital. Wisconsin law permits hospitalized citizens to vote by absentee ballot up until 5:00 p.m. on Election Day. Walker is projected to win the race handily … er, heartily?
–Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
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High Court Turns Down Lawyer’s Patriot Act Challenge
The Associated Press
November 02, 2010
An important story. Feingold was the lone vote against the Patriot Act, as we know. He was the only one who got it right.
Blouise You are right about the economy, but I don’t see things getting worse but maybe not better any time soon. If the republicans block any form of stimulus, I don’t know what can be done. Bernanke is trying to stimulate it with QE, but the tea party is against that. I have some sad friends today that I worked with in the Minnesota Senate who will be losing their jobs come January. The legislature there went republican But the democrats won the governor’s race. The democrats held Dallas County but the rest of he state went more republican.
It’s simple, the economy … I hate to sound like an elitist but these clowns don’t give a hang about anything else … they simply want a job and enough money left over at the end of the week to buy a couple six-packs. Take away the job and the six-pack and you got trouble baby, right here in River City.
The government can do any damn thing it wants if the people have their job and beer. Ask the Republicans who tried to take down Clinton and the Democrats who have tried to prop up Obama … if the economy is good, you can get away with anything, if it isn’t, bye-bye …
Blouise I wonder what the message is. Is it less government? Cuts in benefits? Is it anti national healthcare in any form? The republican candidates that won hold these positions.
He had the same problem with the congresswoman from Tennsse,she kept dancing around the question of what**specifically**would they cut and what programs.
They can’t hide now because now people will be listening to every word the say.
Like I said,Be careful what you wish for.The GOP now has to produce results.
Grayson’s initial win was a fluke to begin with but Feingold’s loss is pure voter stupidity at work in the heartland …
All my people won at the State and National level … Fisher was doomed from the get go though Strickland held on pretty tight … Fisher is one of those old guys who just doesn’t know when to give up … he should have stuck to the Lt. Gov seat and let a younger person seek the Senate office. That is the Democratic Party’s fault and one of the reasons I stopped donating. They are as entrenched in the “seniority” system as the Republican’s used to be and know that I feel strongly about this party issue. When they stop soothing the egos of these old farts, I’ll start contributing again. Fisher’s run for the Senate also helped bring Strickland down … Fisher even failed to get the UAW endorsement.
Oh well, the people I supported won with large percentages so I’m happy.
I wonder if the Administration got the message …..
That does sum it up, Swarthmore mom. Getting closer to Stepford…
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/11/chris-matthews-to-bachmann-did-someone-hypnotize-you-video.php This sums up the night.
Two cliches have come to mind which I think represent these election results:
“Put up or shut up” and “Be careful what you wish for”.
All things being equal,I kept hearing people say,well the President has been in office (2) years and hasn’t got the job done.
Well now the new congress is in the same situation,lets see what happens in (2) years.And I keep hearing no compromise,no going forward we are going to reach “back” and straighten out somethings.
Well we’ll see.
Grayson lost too.
I was really disheartened when I found out that Feingold lost.
Hispanic voters turn out and vote for Reid. Angle loses.
mmmmmm . . . cake (drool drool)
I just calls ’em likes I sees ’em, Blouise.
” Narcissist and sociopaths aren’t known for their ability to foresee consequences properly and thanks to the play to play graft system they call campaign finance, narcissists and sociopaths are the majority in both houses of Congress no matter their party affiliation proper.”(Buddha)
Lot of truth in that statement but my favorite follows for it offers the simplest explanation of what will be occurring and why:
“Kleptocrats can’t do proper math and eventually, after much blood and suffering, the 99% will eventually come for the 1% and kill them in their own kitchens. I know this because history tells me so. That and the kitchen is where the cake is usually kept.“(Buddha)
You are spot on about the danger the Citizens United presents to our democracy.
Heads will roll in their own kitchen only if the masses can scale the walls of their gated communities guarded by Blackwater type security forces.
Anyone got a trebuchet factory?
Right Buddha. In their own Kitchens! Heads WILL roll!
Kleptocrats can’t do proper math and eventually, after much blood and suffering, the 99% will eventually come for the 1% and kill them in their own kitchens. I know this because history tells me so. That and the kitchen is where the cake is usually kept.
The current lot in Washington have a lot more in common with the French aristocracy than they either want to admit or realize.
And I’m gonna laugh when they finally figure out they are running the very real risk of cutting their own throats once the majority of people have had enough of their bullshit. But when that day comes, it won’t just be pols running for their lives, but CEO’s, board members and operators like the Koch brothers too. When that day comes? No security detail will be able to save them, and in fact, may be the ones who turn them over to the torch bearing mobs.
We as a country can still pull out of the downward spiral, but given the lack of spines and total self-absorption of those in Washington combined with the coming fascist nightmare that Citizen’s United guarantees? Can and will are two distinctly different verbs. Narcissist and sociopaths aren’t known for their ability to foresee consequences properly and thanks to the play to play graft system they call campaign finance, narcissists and sociopaths are the majority in both houses of Congress no matter their party affiliation proper.
I was hoping the story wound up with the doctor bringing in the paper ballot along with his vampire kit and pinning the ballot to this old fart’s chest by driving a wooden stake into his heart, but hey, that’s just me. I’m admittedly bitter, as my grandfather was also a lifelong Republican, a freaking religious reactionary so ignorant that a few years after voting for Reagan he got sacked from the sales job he worked at for 29 years and the company literally gave him a gold watch instead of a retirement. He was dead within 24 months from pancreatic cancer, no doubt from stress and a broken heart. As a teenager it was shocking to see my first dying person. He looked like an image from the holocaust, and it turns out he was a victim of one, murdered by capitalism.
He liked to think of himself as a farmer, and actually taught me a lot about growing vegetables, fishing, and canoeing, but it’s disgustingly ironic that although farmers were largely responsible for getting Reagan elected, more family farms went paws up under 8 years of Reaganism than in the entire previous 200 hundred year history of America, so that today over 80% of America’s aerable land is owned by just 7 agribusinesses, a transfererence of wealth unprecedented in it’s criminality, the true meaning of the so-called “Reagan Revolution” — encouraged by our One Party Kleptocracy with 2 Factions squabbling over how best to screw the democratic majority of people who have to sell their labor to survive.
But remember, we should accept as an article of faith, the Gospel, that the very best social arrangement that humans have ever devised, and can ever devise, is one in which 2% of the population owns & controls almost 80% of the wealth. It’s like saying if there were a hundred of us on an island with a hundred pennies to split amongst us we’d start out by agreeing that the very best plan is for 2 people to get 80 pennies while 98 of us fight over the remaining 20 pennies. Sound like Justice Island to me! Fuhgettabout a better system than that — as that might resemble some kind of, god forbid, Socialism.
So obviously he’s not the Cowardly Lion; I don’t know enough about candidate Walker to know if Mr. Kopplin is the Scarecrow. He’s got gumption tho…
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