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Tea party challenger for 2012 VA Senate race…could be a spolier

Jamie Radtke, who is the head of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots has officially filed papers today to run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate that will be up for grabs in 2012. Gabriella Schwarz of CNN explained the reasoning for her jumping in the race:

Radtke said the recent tax deal passed by Congress and increased national spending contributed to her decision to run.

The entry of Radtke into the fray could complicate things for George Allen. The former Republican senator who was defeated by Jim Webb in 2006 is widely considered to be seeking to run for the seat again. He only lost re-election in 2006 by 1/3 of a percent(8805 votes), and many believe that loss was due to the fact that he spewed a racial epithet at a Indian American staffer of his opponents campaign at a rally. The former congressman and governor would definitely be the front runner for the Republican nomination. The problem is that Allen is considered an establishment Republican, and that could spell trouble in the primary. Republican voters have not been kind at all to establishment figures/front runners in their party, and many front runners(Charlie Crist, Mike Castle, Arlen Specter) have went down in flames. Radtke will surely run to the right of Allen, and go after him pretty aggressively.

George Allen will be able to raise massive amounts of cash, and put together a top flight campaign operation, but it remains to be seen if he can get enough support from the base to pull out a primary win. Because the likes of Sharon Angle, and Christine O’Donnell have pulled off primary upsets, it would never be too wise to count someone like Jamie Radtke out.

As a Democrat, I am jumping with joy at this situation. If Radtke is able to knock off George Allen, she will have far less appeal with moderate Republicans and independents than Allen would have…only helping Jim Webb’s re-election chances. And even if Allen pulls out a primary win, he may be pretty bruised and battered from a tough primary, and have burned through a lot of his cash fending off a challenger. That would in turn weaken him in a general election battle against Webb. We will see what happens.


STRAIGHT from a small business owner

It’s good see some small businesses that actually support President Obama’s former plan to not extend the tax cuts for the top 2%,as well as the healthcare bill. From the right wing propaganda outlets, all you hear is that a tax increase on the top 2% will hurt small businesses, and healthcare is HORRIBLE for small business. Glad to hear some truth come out. Click on this link (http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:item:comedycentral.com:365265) below:

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It took a long time, but healthcare reform is here

I hope that many of you all were able to catch the historic vote on healthcare reform tonight.  What stood out to me is that for once our elected officials actually did something constructive, and passed some meaningful legislation.  I know many of the freshman Democrats from swing districts made some tough votes tonight, but it was morally the right way to go.  Many of the members are wealthy already, so if they lose their seats, they will be fine in the grand scheme of things.  I’m sure they are more concerned with assuring Americans can get affordable coverage than petty politics.

Two of the biggest reasons they made it past 216 votes

The courageous votes will go down in history.  It seems as if for once our legislators voted their conscience, and stood up for the working class americans who are struggling with ever rising healthcare costs.  In the end, I think that my party will end up on the right side of history.

Eric Massa….GO AWAY…that is all

Just when you thought that President Obama and my fellow Democrats had a full plate, the Eric Massa scandal hits.  For those of you that dont know, Massa is a first term Congressman from the 29th district in New York.   He lost his first race for Congress by only 5,952 votes to former Republican Rep. Randy Kuhl in 2006.  As is customary, Massa basically began campaigning right after his loss, to prepare for a rematch with Kuhl in 2008.  In November 2008, Massa was elected by a slim 1.5 % margin over Kuhl.

You would think that Massa would understand that he needed to focus on constituents, fundraise, and prepare for a tough re-election.  A normal person would have realized that any slip up would mean the end to a short political career.  All of this went in one ear and out the other, as Massa resigned on Monday because of health concerns and a pending ethics investigation related to possible sexual harassment charges made by staffers.

It seems as if it was only a matter of time before some issues surfaced in regards to Massa.  According to some Democratic insiders, Massa hired quite a few gay male staffers, and paid them so little that they were forced to all share living quarters with him.  I just want to state that someones sexual preference is their business, and I’m just stating the facts of the situation.  It seems that Massa’s inappropriate behavior  has been going on for some time now.

According to The Atlantic Online, “Past shipmates of Massa are charging that he used his status as a commander to subject underlings to abusive sexual advances.”  I am glad that he resigned, but I cant believe he has the nerve to be going on all these talk shows trying to say Rahm Emmanuel and the White House pushed him out of office because of his opposition to healthcare reform.  In my opinion, that is simply an excuse used to try and save his shattered reputation.  There are quite a few Democrats(many Blue Dogs)who opposed some pieces of the healthcare legislation, and while they may have received some tough calls from the White House, I’m sure no pressure to resign occured.  The fact is that his improper behavior finally caught up with him, and he wasn’t man enough to accept that.

I’m resigned to the fact that a Republican will most likely regain this seat. I guess thats life.

Rahmbo Leaks…for good reason

Emanuel and President Obama

When the Washington Post article by Dana Milbank concerning Rahm Emanuel hit, I took notice.  I have debated my father for over a year regarding my belief that Obama hasn’t tacked far enough to the center.

One prime example is the healthcare legislation.  What always puzzled me is that a bipartisan solution to healthcare that Democratic Senator Ron Weiden and Republican Senator Bob Bennett crafted was shown no love at all.  This bill was by no means perfect, but included good things such as:

  • succeeding in covering 99% of Americans
  • giving incentives to people so they could enroll in more cost effective healthcare plans to lower the cost
  • providing tough cost containment to save 1.4 trillion over 10 years
  • allowing individuals to keep their healthcare plan even when they switch jobs, or are in between jobs

I feel that a bill like this would have gotten respectable bipartisan support, and blunted the impact of protests from Republicans and the scores of interest groups.  They wouldn’t have been able to use an issue like the public option  as a tool to organize the deranged, but effective tea party movement, as they have successfully have thus far.

Rahmbo saw the writing on the wall.  He is a fiery/blunt, but effective political hand that will assure Obama is in the position to have a smooth re-election in 2012.  President Obama must realize that the man responsible for huge Democratic gains in the House during the 2006 midterms and 2008 elections is one voice in the administration that he can ill afford to ignore, especially on key pieces of legislation.

Intense debates occur in the White House before a President makes an important policy or legislative decision.  I’ll take Rahm over anyone right now. “Hope and Change 2012” depend on it.