From the diaries at Kos
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"...somebody named Cliff Schecter, an expert. Never heard of him."-Rush Limbaugh
Iraq Power Grid Said to Be Near Collapse
By STEVEN R. HURST
Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's power grid is on the brink of collapse because of insurgent sabotage of infrastructure, rising demand, fuel shortages and provinces that are unplugging local power stations from the national grid, officials said Saturday.
Electricity Ministry spokesman Aziz al-Shimari said power generation nationally is only meeting half the demand, and there had been four nationwide blackouts over the past two days. The shortages across the country are the worst since the summer of 2003, shortly after the U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, he said.
Democratic Seats Secure, Republicans at Risk
The latest strategy memo from James Carville and Stan Greenberg touts a recent poll in the 70 most competitive Congressional districts which shows the Democrats "in a strong position to hold their gains from 2006 and move far into Republican territory in 2008."
"Indeed, Democrats hold an 18-point electoral advantage in their own districts while Republicans are losing their districts by 5 points overall -- 7 points in their most vulnerable districts, 51 to 44 percent."
Key finding: "Republican incumbents are paying a big price for the deep discontent in the country and for aligning with the President who is no more popular in the Republican districts than in the Democratic ones.
It is time to dispatch the last lying member of the Iraq-War loving, corporate kissing GOP in New England:
Maybe Hillary Should Have Stuck Around
Less than six months before Iowa voters open the 2008 presidential nomination battles, the Democratic contest in the Hawkeye State is a deadlock, with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards in a virtual tie for first place, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
While Clinton has a clear and consistent lead over Obama in national polls, with Edwards generally running a distant third, the contours of the campaign in Iowa appear far different. Edwards's strong base of support, built on the foundations of his second-place finish in the state's precinct caucuses in 2004, has turned Iowa into the most competitive early state for the Democratic field.
In the poll, 27 percent said they would vote for Obama, 26 percent for Clinton and 26 percent for Edwards. The only other Democrat to register in double digits was Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, at 11 percent. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) and Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (Ohio) trailed at 2 percent, and Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.) at 1 percent.
People Are Pissed Here At Hillary
Gots to love me some Chris Dodd.
Each year, approximately 115,300 veterans attempt suicide. That's nearly one in five suicide attempts nationwide.
In May, IAVA worked with Representative Jim Moran of Virginia and endorsed the 'Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline Act of 2007'. Hearing the demand, Congress pushed The Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a resource for veterans in crisis.
On Monday, the VA responded by announcing a new national suicide prevention hotline for veterans. The toll-free number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is always open, and is staffed by mental health professionals.1
Since 2002, one-third of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have sought VA health care. And according to the VA, 37 percent of the possible diagnoses were for mental health disorders. Accordingly, IAVA decided to make Mental Health one of the four Key Areas of our 2007 Legislative Agenda. Now, that focus is paying off.
Over the past several months, IAVA Legislative Director Patrick Campbell has led our DC office in working with Congressman Michaud on issues relating to mental health care and homelessness among veterans.
On Monday, the House passed the 'Veterans' Health Care Improvement Act of 2007,' a bill authored by Representative Michaud.2 The bill mandates the VA provide improved mental healthcare outreach and services to returning servicemembers. It also expands counseling services to veterans at risk of homelessness, and provides housing assistance to veterans in dire financial need.
Two weeks ago, we told you the story of Specialist Jon Town, who was injured in Iraq when a rocket exploded a few feet from his head. Like 22,000 other servicemen and women since 2001, Jon Town was separated from the military for what was deemed a pre-existing 'personality disorder.' That means the Army has decided that Spc. Town's medical problems existed before his military service. Consequently, they avoid having to pay for his medical care.
IAVA helped to bring Jon Town's story into the public spotlight, and to keep it in the media. This month, it was featured on ABC.
Last Wednesday, Jon Town told his story to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, as part of a hearing called "PTSD and Personality Disorders: Challenges for the VA." Now, bills have been introduced in the House3 and the Senate4 that will put a temporary moratorium on these discharges until the process undergoes a thorough review.
Bonus Quote of the Day
"Jesus himself could come back as a Republican candidate these days, and there would still be some people saying, 'I don't know about that guy.'"
-- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R), quoted by the Christian Science Monitor.
I agree with Byron York.
And now voters have changed the leadership of the legislative branch, and Democrats stand a good chance of capturing the White House next year. If they do, it will be because they were ready; the whole point of building the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy was to create a structure that would be in place to exploit the errors of the other side when they occurred.
And Republicans have supplied the errors: Does anyone think that the Kossacks would have anywhere near the influence they wield today if the war in Iraq had gone well? With the war in its fifth year and Republicans uncertain of what their party stands for, the foundation-building that Moulitsas and his colleagues have done in the last several years is paying off.
It's Getting Worse
Iraq’s largest Sunni political faction resigned from Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s cabinet on Wednesday, severely weakening the government’s credentials as a national unity coalition and setting back hopes of reconciliation.
The move was accompanied by a wave of bombings in Baghdad that killed at least 76 people, including a suicide attack with a fuel tanker that killed about 50 people at a crowded gas station in the middle-class district of Mansour.
Bush Is Killing The GOP
Efforts by Republicans and the business community to raise fears about Democratic tax increases, spending excesses or economic mismanagement have proved unsuccessful. In what Mr. Newhouse called a "world turned upside down," Democrats enjoy an edge in public approval that extends beyond such party strengths as health care and education, where Republicans trail by more than 20 percentage points.
Democrats lead by 35 percentage points on handling gas prices, by 24 percentage points on energy policy and 10 points on dealing with immigration. Even more notably, Republicans lag by 16 percentage points on controlling government spending, 15 percentage points on dealing with the economy and nine percentage points on dealing with taxes.
White House: Inspection 2 years ago found structural problems with Minneapolis bridge
August 2, 2007
BY DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press
WASHINGTON---- The White House said Thursday that an inspection two years ago found structural deficiencies in the highway bridge that buckled during evening rush hour in Minneapolis.
White House press secretary Tony Snow said the Interstate 35W span rated 50 on a scale of 120 for structural stability.
''This doesn't mean there was a risk of failure, but if an inspection report identifies deficiencies, the state is responsible for taking corrective actions,'' he said. The bridge was 40 years old.
170 Cancel 'WSJ' Subscriptions -- But How Many Will Follow?
By E&P Staff
Published: August 02, 2007 7:45 PM ET
NEW YORK At least 170 subscribers to the Wall Street Journal have canceled their orders since word emerged that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. will soon take over the newspaper.
The paper does have 1.7 million print subscribers left.
An article in the Journal today by Martin Peers added that other readers had "voiced their displeasure with the deal in emails."
Thompson's Wife Driving Candidacy
The spectacle of Fred Thompson's Republican rivals "demeaning his wife, Jeri, in conversations with newsmen, suggests how seriously they regard his prospective candidacy," observes the latest Evans-Novak Political Report.
Close associates "maintain that there was no chance Fred Thompson would be a candidate for President were he not married to Jeri. He tells friends the reason he abandoned what seemed a promising campaign for the 1996 nomination was that he did not feel he could manage that endeavor as a single man."
President Bush is expected to claim executive privilege to prevent two more White House aides from testifying before Congress about the firings of federal prosecutors.
Thursday is the deadline for Karl Rove, Bush's top political adviser, to provide testimony and documents related to the firings, under a subpoena from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Also subpoenaed was White House political aide J. Scott Jennings. The Justice Department included both men on e-mails about the firings and the administration's response to the congressional investigation.
They're, you know, immune. Like we're becoming, to all the lies and tricks that continue to ooze out of this administration on an hourly basis. I'm still wondering why nobody can find General Philip "duck the subpoena" Kensinger.
An attorney who formerly led a Michigan young Republican organization has pleaded guilty in Cleveland to sexual battery.
The case against 32-year-old Michael Flory of Jackson, Michigan, involved forced sex acts on a woman while both were at a Cleveland convention last July.
Flory faces one to five years in prison or probation at his sentencing Sept. 13.
Flory is the former chairman of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans.
Prosecutors said the woman -- also from Michigan -- is satisfied that Flory has accepted responsibility for the crime.
According to its July 31 report, the military “cannot fully account for about 110,000 AK-47 assault rifles, 80,000 pistols, 135,000 items of body armour and 115,000 helmets reported as issued to Iraqi forces”.Things are going so well, aren't they? Let's see, who can they blame? Starts with an I....
US commanders often accuse foreign powers such as Iran of supplying arms to illegal militias fighting in Iraq, but the report shows they cannot fully account for the hundreds thousands of weapons they brought in themselves.I know! Let's start a war with Iran for supplying arms to illegal militias and then, 4 years later, "discover" that it was our fault all along! What an epiphany that would be. And with that, it's time to take another peek into our
Why'd we get attacked on 9/11? Not because we occupy their land and exert power over their people! Not because of the way we treat the Islamic world! Heck no! Their hatred for America is because we're rich and free and, gosh, they're just jealous of our awesome stuff! So we invaded Iraq. And we can attack other countries, too! Pfft, everyone knows we have to fight them there so we don't have to fight them here! Vote Republican: The party of make-believe!
To finish off our BNF theme......
Ho ho ho!!! Billo tries to be "fair and balanced" by giving a half-hearted condemnation of Free Republic. Oy. Harold Ford needs to do his homework before he goes on the teevee.
Variety's John Dempsey takes a closer look at the cable ratings for July. "MSNBC was the big July story in 24-hour news, with total viewers in primetime shooting up 54%, a bigger jump than that of any other net in the top 50 thanks to shows hosted by Keith Olbermann and Dan Abrams plus documentaries in the 10 o'clock hour."
MSNBC has now beaten CNN four weeks straight in the 25-54 sales prime demo. An MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser "this is the first time MSNBC has beaten CNN for the month in six years (August 2001)." For the month, MSNBC had 195,000 viewers in sales prime, CNN had 189,000.
My Bad Boss Contest
Everything from detergent to computer discs is packaged with the Sunday newspaper.
So why not Bibles?
A Christian ministry wants to deliver custom-designed New Testaments to newspaper subscribers around the country as part of an effort to find innovative ways to spread a Christian message. But even in the Bible Belt, not everyone thinks that's a good idea.
International Bible Society-Send the Light is planning on spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to distribute Bibles with 11 newspapers during 2007 and 2008. New Testaments would be packaged in pouches on the outside of newspapers, much like soap or other sample products.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram announced in May it would deliver more than 200,000 New Testaments the last Sunday of the year. David House, the newspaper's reader advocate, said he received about 70 e-mails split between backers and those opposed to packaging the scriptures with newspapers.
"Do you have any idea how blatantly offensive this boneheaded move is to the thinking public?" a Fort Worth reader wrote in one of several letters to the editor on the topic.
On Wednesday night Senator Dodd will appear on "The O'Reilly Factor" to stand up to its host, Bill O'Reilly, for his unfair attacks on progressive bloggers. O'Reilly has spent the last two weeks smearing a Democratic blog, DailyKos.com, as well as Democrats who are attending the Yearly Kos conference. Senator Dodd is going on to defend free speech and make clear that he will be proudly attending Yearly Kos.
Unlike O'Reilly, Chris Dodd knows the difference between representative comments and ones cherry picked with a hostile agenda. He has the conviction to stand with his friends online and stand up to O'Reilly.
Bill O'Reilly isn't used to someone stepping in to do the right thing. He isn't used to someone putting their foot down and saying, "Enough is enough."
Will you stand with Chris Dodd in his defense of the netroots?
The simple truth is Joe Biden would be at YearlyKos if he could, but adding a book tour to all the demands of a campaign meant some things had to change. But we won't stand by and let Bill O'Reilly try to drive a wedge between the progressive online community and us to make a false point on behalf of his half-baked theories.
While not always agreeing with all members of the DailyKos community, Joe Biden respects what the YearlyKos convention - a diverse assembly of activists and organizations - represents as a vehicle for progressives to organize and advocate on behalf of democratic ideals and the Democratic Party.
Private corporations are now a major staple of national intelligence and are heavily involved in producing the most important and most sensitive national security document -- the President's Daily Brief. [...]Please take a look at the rest here.
But what is not generally known is that the secret side of the Iraq War and the larger "war on terror" is also conducted by private corporations, fielding private spies. The reach of these corporations has extended into the Oval Office. Corporations are heavily involved in creating the analytical products that underlie the nation's most important and most sensitive national security document, the President's Daily Brief (PDB).
Over the past six years, a quiet revolution has occurred in the intelligence community toward wide-scale outsourcing to corporations and away from the long-established practice of keeping operations in US government hands, with only select outsourcing of certain jobs to independently contracted experts. Key functions of intelligence agencies are now run by private corporations. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) revealed in May that 70 percent of the intelligence budget goes to contractors.
Despite President Bush's recent insistence that al Qaida in Iraq is the principal cause of this country's violence, senior American military officers here say Shiite Muslim militias are a bigger problem, and one that will persist even if al Qaida is defeated.
"The longer-term threat to Iraq is potentially the Shiite militias," one senior military officer said, echoing concerns that other American officials raised in recent interviews with McClatchy Newspapers.
But didn't they say violence is down? Well, hear this, GW Cheney:
Military officers hail the fact that violence is down as evidence that their campaign against al Qaida in Iraq is succeeding. But there's no sign of reconciliation between Sunni Muslims and Shiites, the rationale the Bush administration cites for increasing the number of U.S. troops in the country.The military, THE MILITARY, says, no matter what, al Qaida or no al Qaida, the Sunnis will come back to fight the Shiites...and American occupiers. The president may be simple, but the mess in Iraq is not.
Few officials on the front lines, moreover, think that defeating the terrorist organization would end Iraq's troubles. They paint a far more complex vision of the violence than is evident in Washington-based pronouncements about al Qaida's involvement.Can...you...hear...them...NOW?
"We are worried about a power vacuum," said Salim Abdullah, spokesman for the Sunni Iraqi Accordance Front. "We have cases now . . . where people started to believe that al Qaida was what provided their security. We struck al Qaida in one place, and the militias became active. . . . We asked the army not to let militia activity increase al Qaida's popularity among people."Maybe he should switch to Verizon.
Imagine this scenario: A young congressional aide who moonlights for an escort service receives a call from her madam. The woman who owns the service asks her to meet a customer at a certain spot and time. When the aide/escort arrives, she sees that the client is a member of Congress and sits on the very same committee where she works. Embarrassing? Uncomfortable? A potential scandal? They now each know a big secret about the other. She knows he is using an escort service. He knows she is working for that same service. What do they do? Is his--or her--political career in peril?
The records of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, a.k.a. the DC Madam, suggest that Republican Senator David Vitter came close to experiencing such an awkward moment when he served in the House of Representatives. These phone records indicate that Palfrey may have set Vitter up with an escort who was a staffer for a congressional committee that included Vitter as a member. But if the two did meet for an escort experience, Vitter escaped being found out by his (indirect) subordinate.
Rumsfeld will not testify due to a schedule conflict. The White House had no role in that. He will not be subpoenaed, and has answered questions from the committee via his attorney.
The witnesses scheduled to testify are:
* Gen. John P. Abizaid (Retired), Former Commander, U.S. Central Command
* Gen. Richard B. Myers (Retired), Former Chair, Joint Chiefs of Staff
* Gen. Bryan Douglas Brown (Retired), Former Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
* Lt. Gen. Philip R. Kensinger, Jr. (Retired), Former Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
Today, the Army censured the last for these four witnesses, Lt. Gen. Kensinger, for what it described as a "perfect storm of mistakes, misjudgments and a failure of leadership," according to the Associated Press. Kensinger was also accused of 'deception.'
UPDATE #2: Rumsfeld WILL testify. H/t to OhDave.
Find the United States Constitution on line. Got it? Now hit "control" and "F" on your computer and type in "impeachment". It's in there, right there in the Constitution. Six times.There you go. I must have looked like an idiot sitting in my car in 90 degree heat parked in front of Long's Drugstore madly taking notes on a tiny purple Post-It pad. But then again, why should today be different?
You know what isn't in there? God, corporations, political parties, state religion, caucuses....zero.
The founding fathers were concerned that the founding impulse of this republic should be to get rid of kings and queens and place power in the people, that they run the country, not royalty. A term of office wasn't sacrosanct. Everyone is expendable.
Impeachment was "a medicine to be put in the federal medicine cabinet to be used as a remedy."
Politics must be put aside if we are to end Bush's presidency. Without impeachment, Bush's rules will continue to define the presidency from this point forward. Impeachment is vital to maintain the republic. The next president(s) will use those powers, despite their initial well-intentioned protests to the contrary.
If a Democratic president exercised one tenth of the power that Cheney has, Republicans would impeach.
And what grounds are there to impeach?
When Alberto Gonzales is impeached, it will continue right up to Bush and Cheney. Bush was at one of those meetings on the U.S. Attorney firings. This implicates him, and therefore will lead to his own impeachment.
- Checks and balances are in the Constitution "to chain the dogs of war". This meant sharing of information between the president and Congress. Without it, we have an impeachable offense and one that the founders intended.
- Included in the Bill of Rights is protection against spying. This is less about the FISA Act being ignored than the Bill of Rights being violated.
- No one in the custody of the United States is subject to torture or cruel and unusual punishment. Violating the Geneva Convention is secondary to violating the 8th amendment.
- The Valerie Plame matter and politicizing the U.S. Attorneys: Bush and Cheney used their power to advance their own power and politicize.
The war on terror, Mullen said, “will likely take our troops to places we do not now foresee and will demand of them skills they may not yet possess.”His candor was welcome, despite the tone of his assessment.
Mullen was nothing if not candid. He agreed with Levin that political progress in Iraq is lagging.Apparently, he was also critical of the administration.
He was asked what he thought were the most significant mistakes the U.S. has made to date in Iraq. Mullen spelled out just about every criticism ever leveled against the administration’s war. The U.S.:
• Did not fully integrate all elements of U.S. national power in Iraq.
• Focused most attention on the Iraqi national power structures, with limited engagement of the tribal and local power structures.
• Did not establish an early and significant dialogue with neighboring countries, adding to the complex security environment a problematic border situation.
• Disbanded the entire Iraqi army, a potentially valuable asset for security, reconstruction and provision of services to the Iraqi people, providing a recruiting pool for extremist groups.
• Pursued a de-Ba’athification process that proved more divisive than helpful, created a lingering vacuum in governmental capability that still lingers and exacerbated sectarian tensions.
• Attempted to transition to stability operations with an insufficient backup force.
• Failed to communicate with and convince Iraqis and the regional audience of intended U.S. goals.
When asked how the troops "can continue fighting hard when they see or hear of repeated political failings on the Iraqi government side", Mullen replied,
“They believe in their mission,” Cartwright said. ... At the same time, he said, “There comes a point at which they’re going to look at that and say, ‘How much longer and for what prize?’ if progress isn't seen.”
I think most of us came to that point years ago.
The American Family Association (AFA), a group standing for "traditional family values", has announced it will fight a boycott of FNC advertisers. Groups including Brave New Films and MoveOn are leading an effort to boycott Fox News Channel advertisers. Now, the AFA is organizing a counter-attack. "Every advertiser the liberals want to target for a boycott, we will target to promote," says AFA chairman Donald E. Wildmon.
Liberal groups are also trying to convince Home Depot to cease advertising on the network. A Home Depot spokesperson says the company will not pull its ads because it is "not in the business of censoring media" and needs "to reach (its) customer base through all mediums available."
Max Blumenthal featured on CNN
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The man imprisoned for trying to blow up an American passenger jet with explosives hidden in his shoes says he has no regrets and trusts that God will set him free, according to a British newspaper. "I had a couple of good dreams about my situation changing for the better ..." Richard Reid reportedly wrote from prison, the Daily Mirror said Monday.
He "has no regrets and trusts that God will set him free." Thinking back...someone else, some prominent politician, had similar thoughts....who was it?
"I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, 'George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.' And I did, and then God would tell me, 'George go and end the tyranny in Iraq,' and I did."
And "now again", Mr Bush is quoted as telling the two, "I feel God's words coming to me: 'Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.' And by God, I'm gonna do it."
It's coming to me...don't tell me....
First Lady Laura Bush, just back from her third trip to Africa and suggesting that her husband is likely to make another trip there next year, maintained in an interview with the Tribune aboard her flight home Friday night that neither she nor her husband has any regrets about "the hand we were dealt" on 9/11.
"It's a philosophy of no regrets ," Mrs. Bush said.
Wait. I'm almost there.....
Brain freeze. I'll get back to you.
The Bancroft family, which controls Dow Jones & Co., "has accepted" News Corp.'s $5 billion offer to buy the publisher of the Wall Street Journal, an executive of a Dow Jones unit said on Tuesday.
"The Bancroft family has accepted," John Prestbo, editor and executive director of Dow Jones Indexes, told reporters on Tuesday in Chicago. Dow Jones "will be part of News Corp," he said.
Prestbo told Reuters the information came from an internal company memo.
Fixed Noise Network and now this. They report, they decide.
Random Thoughts From A Man On The Road
Iraq's parliament adjourns without passing key laws
Legislators fail to act on measures the U.S. Congress considers benchmarks of progress, including the sharing of oil revenue.
BAGHDAD — Legislators joked and chatted, showing no sense of urgency about breaking a deadlock between Sunni and Shiite Muslims over national reconciliation as Iraq's parliament held its final session Monday before a monthlong recess.
Adjourning until Sept. 4, despite complaints from some American critics, the parliament failed to pass laws concerning oil investment and revenue-sharing among regions, the re-integration of former members of Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime into government, and provincial elections.
Fred's funds raise fear of flop
Fred Thompson plans to announce Tuesday that his committee to test the waters for a Republican presidential campaign raised slightly more than $3 million in June, substantially less than some backers had hoped, according to Republican sources.
Thompson plans to make the disclosure in a filing with the Internal Revenue Service, as he continues to operate his prospective campaign as a political organization that does not require disclosure to the Federal Election Commission.
HA!!! Oh my jeebus. THIS is what O'Reilly is getting all freaked about?
Duke's Future Cell Mate?
Congress approved the law making its pay raises automatic in 1989, giving legislators an easy way to avoid tough votes that could hurt them during re-election campaigns. Since then, congressional salaries have nearly doubled, from $89,500 to $165,200 a year.
President Bush is paid $400,000 a year. His salary isn't affected by changes in congressional pay.
Who needs a salary? Bush can pocket $400,000 in a blink via Halliburton et al.
And according to this article, Congress still can't avoid re-election campaign concerns.
The House of Representatives already has cleared the way for such a raise in 2008, but a bipartisan coalition is out to block it, with critics saying the money could be better spent during a time of war and high deficits.
The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Clemson University a $1.6 million contract for implantable biochip research....and exactly pinpoint his whereabouts. And what his social security number is. And his political affiliation, religion, and sexual orientation. Oh, just think of the possibilities!
The award given the university's Center for Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Biochips is for an implantable biochip that can relay vital health information if a soldier is wounded in battle or a civilian is hurt in an accident.
Richard Viguerie (born 1933 in Texas,USA) is a conservative figure head and writer in American politics. He is the current chairman of conservativehq.com, an online blog catering to conservative party members.
Where in the World is
Carmen Sandiego Ronald Reagan? That and the above quote were the running themes of an interview I heard on the Thom Hartmann show today on Air America.
I made my usual effort at transcribing. Here are some more bits and pieces:
Is he for impeachment? No, but for what it's worth, he is for informing American citizens. He is one of the sponsors of the American Freedom Agenda (a ten-point complaint list of the most egregious of anti-Constitutional, anti-civil liberties proposals), along with others, including Bob Barr and Bruce Fein (who strongly back impeachment). He says Mitt Romney won't sign it.
People see what they want to see in Fred Thompson...He's a Washington insider....He won't go very far...he'll still leave a vacuum. Newt Gingrich will enter the race, but he's also a Washington insider, not a Ronald Reagan....
We should be looking for a Barry Goldwater, not a Ronald Reagan. He [Goldwater] launched the conservative movement which led to Ronald Reagan...
Reagan bankrupted the Soviet Union. Bush will bankrupt the United States of America...[Contrary to what he promised voters] he's a nation builder.