Daily Archives: September 2, 2008

Breaking News: Mallet’s 2003 Campaign Debt Officially Paid Off

Here’s a scoop, you read it here first !

The Asbury Park Press will be reporting that this years Democratic Candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder, Amy Mallet, has officially retired her 2003 campaign debt and the account will be closed out tomorrow.
I just received word of this development from Monmouth County Democratic spokesman Mike Mangan, who said that the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee (DACC) has made an “inkind” contribution to the Mallet account for the money which was outstanding. 
Mike Mangan said that the ELEC reports will be filed first thing in the morning and that the 2003  Mallet & Gemma account is officially closed out.
This is good news for democrats throughout the county, now that Mallet’s debt has been retired we wont be distracted from the real issues that effect the county. I am sure however, a few republican bloggers will have something entirely different to say about it tomorrow. 
Be sure to read all about it in the APP tomorrow.

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Breaking News: Mallet’s 2003 Campaign Debt Officially Paid Off

Here’s a scoop, you read it here first !

The Asbury Park Press will be reporting that this years Democratic Candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder, Amy Mallet, has officially retired her 2003 campaign debt and the account will be closed out tomorrow.
I just received word of this development from Monmouth County Democratic spokesman Mike Mangan, who said that the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee (DACC) has made an “inkind” contribution to the Mallet account for the money which was outstanding. 
Mike Mangan said that the ELEC reports will be filed first thing in the morning and that the 2003  Mallet & Gemma account is officially closed out.
This is good news for democrats throughout the county, now that Mallet’s debt has been retired we wont be distracted from the real issues that effect the county. I am sure however, a few republican bloggers will have something entirely different to say about it tomorrow. 
Be sure to read all about it in the APP tomorrow.

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>The Palin Meltdown in Slo-Mo

>From Talking Points Memo
By Greg Sargent – September 1, 2008

On the same day that the Republicans were forced to dramatically cut back their convention activities, the Palin Meltdown unfolded with extraordinary speed. It’s worth pondering the totality of what happened today, in a mere half day…

* The news that Palin once backed the Bridge to Nowhere went national.

* It emerged that Palin has links to the bizarro Alaska Independence Party, which harbors the goal of seceding from the union that McCain and Palin seek to lead.

* The news broke that as governor, Palin relied on an earmark system she now opposes. Taken along with the Bridge to Nowhere stuff, this threatens to undercut her reformist image, something that was key to her selection as McCain’s Veep candidate.

* The news broke that Palin’s 17-year-old daughter became pregnant out of wedlock at a time when the conservative base had finally started rallying behind McCain’s candidacy.

* Barely moments after McCain advisers put out word that McCain had known of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy, the Anchorage Daily News revealed that Palin’s own spokesperson hadn’t known about it only two days ago.

* A senior McCain adviser at the Republican convention was forced into the rather embarrassing position of arguing that McCain had known about the pregnancy “last week” — without saying what day last week he knew about it.

* It came out that Republican lawyers are up in Alaska vetting Palin — now, more than 72 hours after it was announced that she’d been picked.

* Palin lawyered up in relation to the trooper-gate probe in Alaska — a move that ensures far more serious attention to the story from the major news orgs.

What else will come out today? After all, there are still six hours left until September 2nd…

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The Palin Meltdown in Slo-Mo

From Talking Points Memo
By Greg Sargent – September 1, 2008

On the same day that the Republicans were forced to dramatically cut back their convention activities, the Palin Meltdown unfolded with extraordinary speed. It’s worth pondering the totality of what happened today, in a mere half day…

* The news that Palin once backed the Bridge to Nowhere went national.

* It emerged that Palin has links to the bizarro Alaska Independence Party, which harbors the goal of seceding from the union that McCain and Palin seek to lead.

* The news broke that as governor, Palin relied on an earmark system she now opposes. Taken along with the Bridge to Nowhere stuff, this threatens to undercut her reformist image, something that was key to her selection as McCain’s Veep candidate.

* The news broke that Palin’s 17-year-old daughter became pregnant out of wedlock at a time when the conservative base had finally started rallying behind McCain’s candidacy.

* Barely moments after McCain advisers put out word that McCain had known of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy, the Anchorage Daily News revealed that Palin’s own spokesperson hadn’t known about it only two days ago.

* A senior McCain adviser at the Republican convention was forced into the rather embarrassing position of arguing that McCain had known about the pregnancy “last week” — without saying what day last week he knew about it.

* It came out that Republican lawyers are up in Alaska vetting Palin — now, more than 72 hours after it was announced that she’d been picked.

* Palin lawyered up in relation to the trooper-gate probe in Alaska — a move that ensures far more serious attention to the story from the major news orgs.

What else will come out today? After all, there are still six hours left until September 2nd…

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>The "vetting" of Sarah Palin

>Ron Beasley over at NewsHoggers.com in my opinoin has it about right when he says “Yes Sarah Palin was vetted all right but not by the McCain Campaign.”

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The "vetting" of Sarah Palin

Ron Beasley over at NewsHoggers.com in my opinoin has it about right when he says “Yes Sarah Palin was vetted all right but not by the McCain Campaign.”

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>MEDIA REMINDER: DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY

>MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP (MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ):
Middletown Democrats for Township Committee

PATRICIA A. WALSH and JIM GRENAFEGE will be holding a press conference on TUESDAY, SEPT.
2 outside the POLICE ENTRANCE to TOWN HALL, 1 KING’S HIGHWAY, AT 6:30 PM.

Mrs. Walsh and Mr. Grenafege will be discussing budgetary problems they intend to repair
once elected.

The president of the Bayshore Democratic Club, Mr. Greg Gibadlo, will be hosting the
event.

All media and residents are invited.

Special Note: This press conference will be held before that evenings township committee meeting so it should be an event in itself worth the price of admission.

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MEDIA REMINDER: DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP (MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ):
Middletown Democrats for Township Committee

PATRICIA A. WALSH and JIM GRENAFEGE will be holding a press conference on TUESDAY, SEPT.
2 outside the POLICE ENTRANCE to TOWN HALL, 1 KING’S HIGHWAY, AT 6:30 PM.

Mrs. Walsh and Mr. Grenafege will be discussing budgetary problems they intend to repair
once elected.

The president of the Bayshore Democratic Club, Mr. Greg Gibadlo, will be hosting the
event.

All media and residents are invited.

Special Note: This press conference will be held before that evenings township committee meeting so it should be an event in itself worth the price of admission.

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Contrary to His Claims, Senator John McCain Is Not a Goldwater Conservative


While reading the September issue of Playboy magazine (honestly I read the articles, not just look at the pictures) I came a cross an essay by John W. Dean in the Forum section titled The Real McCain. Throughout the essay Dean explains why John McCain lacks the character traits that earned Goldwater his legacy.

While I could not provide a link to the  Playboy Forum essay for everyone to read (I suppose you’ll have to buy the magazine), I did find another column written by John Dean at the FindLaw website which provides much of the same information as the Forum essay does.
Here is some of what he wrote:
“By calling himself a Goldwater Republican or Goldwater conservative, John McCain invites the comparison, but that is an error on McCain’s part, for closer examination shows that he is not in the mold of Goldwater, notwithstanding his claims (or wishes) to the contrary”

“McCain seeks to use the federal government to generate greater patriotism and expand the nation’s greatness, while Goldwater – knowing the folly of empire and excessively large government – sought to maximize individual liberty and local autonomy”

“McCain has no problem whatsoever being a nasty if not a devious s.o.b. when he sees doing so as necessary to serve or accomplish a greater cause. Goldwater, on the other hand, rejected all incivility and dishonesty in public service, and refused to take the low road; for him, the ends never justified any means. McCain, we learn from Welch’s book, has wanted to be president since returning from Vietnam, while Goldwater was drafted to be the GOP standard-bearer. Stated a bit differently, McCain’s oversized ego provides him strength, while Goldwater curtained his natural strengths by always acting with great humility”

“McCain has spent much … time puzzling over Goldwater’s lack of embrace.” Indeed, McCain stated in his memoir Worth the Fighting For when discussing Goldwater, “I admired him to the point of reverence, and I wanted him to like me… He was usually cordial, just never as affectionate as I would have liked”

“Although Goldwater initially supported McCain’s run for the Senate, Goldwater knew an opportunist when he saw one, and did not like any of them.”

“…after assisting McCain win his Senate seat, Goldwater was forced to pull McCain up short for using his good name for fundraising, when McCain had tarnished his own name because of his involvement with the Keating Five.”

“…to understand how different these men are, and to see that McCain is cut from very different cloth than Goldwater. Goldwater considered public service a high calling, not an ego trip or power play. McCain was fortunate that Goldwater never publicly exposed him, but Goldwater was too good a Republican to do that and he thought too highly of McCain’s father to sink his successor in the Senate”

“…Had Goldwater publicized what I believe to be his true feelings about John McCain, I doubt McCain would be the presumptive nominee of the GOP in 2008. Goldwater’s political perceptions of others have proven extraordinarily prescient, so his reaction toward McCain is telling.”
In their new book Pure Goldwater, taken from the personal journals of the Senator, Dean and Barry M. Goldwater Jr., took Senator Goldwater’s own words  to give insight into the heart and soul of the man himself.  

I think a certain anonymous Republican blogger could learn a few things about what a real conservative is all about by picking up this book. I for one, plan on reading the book myself in the not to distant future. 
If you click onto the headline you can read John Dean’s column in it’s entirety at findlaw.com

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Contrary to His Claims, Senator John McCain Is Not a Goldwater Conservative


While reading the September issue of Playboy magazine (honestly I read the articles, not just look at the pictures) I came a cross an essay by John W. Dean in the Forum section titled The Real McCain. Throughout the essay Dean explains why John McCain lacks the character traits that earned Goldwater his legacy.

While I could not provide a link to the  Playboy Forum essay for everyone to read (I suppose you’ll have to buy the magazine), I did find another column written by John Dean at the FindLaw website which provides much of the same information as the Forum essay does.
Here is some of what he wrote:
“By calling himself a Goldwater Republican or Goldwater conservative, John McCain invites the comparison, but that is an error on McCain’s part, for closer examination shows that he is not in the mold of Goldwater, notwithstanding his claims (or wishes) to the contrary”

“McCain seeks to use the federal government to generate greater patriotism and expand the nation’s greatness, while Goldwater – knowing the folly of empire and excessively large government – sought to maximize individual liberty and local autonomy”

“McCain has no problem whatsoever being a nasty if not a devious s.o.b. when he sees doing so as necessary to serve or accomplish a greater cause. Goldwater, on the other hand, rejected all incivility and dishonesty in public service, and refused to take the low road; for him, the ends never justified any means. McCain, we learn from Welch’s book, has wanted to be president since returning from Vietnam, while Goldwater was drafted to be the GOP standard-bearer. Stated a bit differently, McCain’s oversized ego provides him strength, while Goldwater curtained his natural strengths by always acting with great humility”

“McCain has spent much … time puzzling over Goldwater’s lack of embrace.” Indeed, McCain stated in his memoir Worth the Fighting For when discussing Goldwater, “I admired him to the point of reverence, and I wanted him to like me… He was usually cordial, just never as affectionate as I would have liked”

“Although Goldwater initially supported McCain’s run for the Senate, Goldwater knew an opportunist when he saw one, and did not like any of them.”

“…after assisting McCain win his Senate seat, Goldwater was forced to pull McCain up short for using his good name for fundraising, when McCain had tarnished his own name because of his involvement with the Keating Five.”

“…to understand how different these men are, and to see that McCain is cut from very different cloth than Goldwater. Goldwater considered public service a high calling, not an ego trip or power play. McCain was fortunate that Goldwater never publicly exposed him, but Goldwater was too good a Republican to do that and he thought too highly of McCain’s father to sink his successor in the Senate”

“…Had Goldwater publicized what I believe to be his true feelings about John McCain, I doubt McCain would be the presumptive nominee of the GOP in 2008. Goldwater’s political perceptions of others have proven extraordinarily prescient, so his reaction toward McCain is telling.”
In their new book Pure Goldwater, taken from the personal journals of the Senator, Dean and Barry M. Goldwater Jr., took Senator Goldwater’s own words  to give insight into the heart and soul of the man himself.  

I think a certain anonymous Republican blogger could learn a few things about what a real conservative is all about by picking up this book. I for one, plan on reading the book myself in the not to distant future. 
If you click onto the headline you can read John Dean’s column in it’s entirety at findlaw.com

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