" They don’t really fear Nancy Pelosi all that much, for all of their screaming and yelling about her. What they really fear is having Henry Waxman in charge of the House Government Reform Committee. Waxman is a very passionate reformer, but he’s also a very passionate investigator, and they're troubled by the idea of the investigations he might launch. They are also very specifically frightened by the notion that Dave Obey will to take charge of Appropriations and restore the fraud investigation units there. And finally, there's no question at the House level, they're very afraid that John Conyers will take over Judiciary, for all the reasons that listeners to this show are well aware of.
I am excited not about particularly the Democratic majority or Republican majority, something like that, I am excited about a change in the character of the opposition party. And if that happens, we're going to have a very different congress, a much more interesting congress. There are some folks who have a very good chance of getting elected and who have promised their constituents that they are going to Washington to do something about this war. If that happens, I think it’s going to be a much noisier congress and a congress that in many senses will return to what the founders of the republic intended, and that is an institution that checks and balances the executive branch in a way that this congress has not done."
"Iran's official news agency IRNA quoted an unnamed foreign ministry official as describing the military manoeuvres as dangerous and suspicious.
Reports say the US is to hold naval exercises at the end of October with Bahrain, Kuwait, France and Britain."
* jim webb will be 'on the ballot' in virginia. but his name won't be.
"News accounts alone should have given Weldon pause about advocating for the Russian firm. The private briefing provided by Petrosyan offered even more incriminating information, making it incredibly hard to fathom what—other than his daughter's lucrative contract with the company—would have led the congressman to support ITERA in Washington."as i mentioned earlier, there are rumours that Weldon actually has a stake in ITERA.
* maguire on the stay-the-course unsloganeering:
"Oh, brother. Put another way, the Administration isn't simply going to keep beating their heads against a wall; they will look around for new walls against which to beat their heads. And if any trees or rocks appear to be suitable for head-beating, they may also be pressed into service. As part of our ongoing yet newly-announced flexibility, obviously.
With any luck, this rhetorical shift will be ignored rather than mocked and derided. But somehow, I'm not feeling lucky."
* markcrispinmiller via uranus:
"Even though this election could go either way, neither way will benefit the Democrats. Either the Republicans will steal their "re-election" on Election Day, just as they did two years ago, or they will slime their way to "victory" through force and fraud and strident propaganda, as they did after Election Day 2000. Whichever strategy they use, the only way to stop it is to face it, and then shout so long and loud about it that the people finally perceive, at last, that their suspicions are entirely just - and, this time, just say no."