Fresh Fruit: The State of the GOP

(Liberal) Media these days looks like cotton candy to anybody votes Left and who’s keeping tabs on the GOP. They’re loosing their caging lists, political incumbents are loosing their respective races and in states where it was Easy GOP Country: Well, let’s just say: They’re now leaning into extremely tight races.

So, let’s take a tour around the salad bar and look at all of this delicious fresh fruit, shall we?!

North Carolina

This race I’ve paid close attention to mostly out of personal interest. I used to live in North Carolina (Raleigh and Greensboro) and have many friends there. My former husband is a native Tarheel and he and I regularly email each other about the news coming out of the state.

The incumbent, Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole, has struggled this entire election season against a Democratic State Senator Kay Hagen. Hagen, as it turns out, is a close friend of my former husband, so you can see why I’m passionate about this race. DailyKos has noted Elizabeth Dole is now spending her own money for that race.

Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole says she is spending some of her own money on her first re-election bid, trying to offset millions of dollars in negative spending Democrats have used to make the race one of the closest in the country.

Dole and her campaign declined to detail how much she has pledged to her campaign, but the commitment came recently enough that it won’t appear in campaign finance reports due this week.

The DSCC have pushed some effective ads in North Carolina which have proven to be effective, even after the Dems though Hagen’s campaign had fallen into a very dead and a very boring uneventful summer.

Polls show she’s likely to lose her Senate seat to Democrat Kay Hagan, after doing little during a single six-year term to distinguish herself. (Even the two years she spent as head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee ended badly — she presided over the Democratic takeover in 2006.)

Aww… Poor Libby Dole. All she’ll have left to screw up is the American Red Cross. Or, was she asked to leave her seat from that organization too? I can’t remember. Speaking of blood; Salon has an article entitled:

Blood in the Water in North Carolina

Republican Sen. Liddy Dole may be a goner, and John McCain is in trouble in a state the GOP hasn’t lost since 1976. What happened?

Florida:

Although Governor Charlie Crist (R) gave Florida to John McCain during the primaries, he’s not interested in being around the candidate now.

Last week, after traveling with GOP running mate Sarah Palin around the state, Crist skipped a McCain football rally and instead went to Disney World. Crist hardly sounded enthusiastic when asked about his plans for helping McCain. “When I have time to help, I’ll try to do that.”

While keeping his options open regarding Palin’s future role in Republican politics, Crist appears ready to abandon McCain.

CQ finishes the article with this simple sentance:

Scaring Crist away could be McCain’s worst mistake of all.

Ouch + Ouch = Double Ouch!

Maybe McCain can get Sarah Silverman to do something to help him, instead of hurting him. Naaaaah.

The GOP Base:

They’re abandoning McCain because of his support of the $700 Billion bail-out. Bush and the GOP created a Catch-22 with this whopper of a spending problem. It was bad enough hearing Bush show up every three months demanded $30 Billion here and there for his Iraq War debacles. But when he showed up demanding $700 Billion to bail out their corporate cronies, it was the straw that broke the camels back. It created a Catch-22 for every fiscally conservative Republican in Congress. McCain bit the bait and supported what Bush wanted, of course. Now the GOP is pissed:

These Republicans declined to speak on the record because they did not want to face political repercussions for criticizing McCain.

“He’s alienated his base,” said one House Republican. “Maverick McCain missed his moment. He could have opposed this and created distance from Bush.”

Another Republican said supporting the bailout would trouble more than members of the Republican base.

“It’s not just his base,” said the lawmaker. “There’s a wide swath of opinion out there that this is not a good deal.”

A third Republican said before the bill cleared Congress: “McCain would do well to remember that Americans don’t like the (Treasury Secretary Henry) Paulson plan and Republicans and conservatives hate it.”

The topic du jour for the GOP isn’t about McCain’s attack strategy, it’s about a “come back strategy“.

…the (McCain) campaign should have sought to plant doubts about Obama’s associations with 1960s-era radical William Ayers and others months ago, rather than waiting until the campaign’s final weeks. Doing so now, they said, makes the 72-year-old McCain come off as angry, grouchy and desperate, playing into Democrats’ hands.

If you’re really in a playful mood, run on over to Crooks and Liars and check out who’ve they’ve got on tape. GOP politicians, all female – watch their heads explode on Larry King Live about Sarah Palin and the GOP. It’s hysterical.

A painful day in GOPville.

North Dakota:

In-Forum hired Minnesota State University of Moorehead to conduct a survey in North Dakota which showed Barack Obama now leading John McCain by two points. It’s a small lead granted, but deep in a Red State like North Dakota, it’s well worth bragging about.

The survey shows Obama squeaking past McCain, 45 percent to 43 percent, a lead that falls within the poll’s margin of error and therefore indicates a dead heat, according to political analysts.
Still up for grabs: undecided voters, comprising 12 percent.

Ohio Republican Steve Chabot has all but flipped the proverbial bird at McCain over his support of the bail-out. Republican Governors Mitt Romney (Mass) and Tommy Thompson (Wisc) both have a fair lot to gripe about the GOP and McCain’s campaign. Thompson goes on to tell NY Times reporter that he’s not happy with his party and he “doesn’t know anybody who is.”

Hey Maw!! I can smell those fried GOP politicans in kitchen from way out here! When do we eat?!

Redstate:

The conservatives favorite blogspot RedState has one of their own ditching his vote for McCain. One founder, Joshua Travino writes:

Finally, the vote for President of the United States: an academic exercise in California, where Barack Obama will surely win by a crushing margin. But good citizenship demands voting as if it matters. Do I believe in John McCain? Not as much as I used to. Do I believe in Sarah Palin? Despite my early enthusiasm for her, now not at all. Do I believe in the national Republican Party? Not in the slightest — even though I see no meaningful alternative to it. So, my choice for President in 2008, scrawled in my ballot as an act of futile protest, is Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. If nothing else, I am confident this is the first of several votes I will cast for him in years to come.

Awww… Bitter much?!

Hosed:

I loved this piece out of the Kansas US Senate race with Jim Slattery:

Seeing a Republican urinating on the American people always leaves a bad-taste in my mouth. Oh wait: No, I’m definitely not into “water-sports”!

Hate-Mongers:

You know that thing from last Friday with McCain here in Minnesota? You know; he gets booed by the audience when he tells one man that there’s nothing to be afraid of Obama, and clarifies to an older woman that Obama is definitely NOT an Arab..?

Well, apparently – that attitude was short-lived. dKos has a photo of a McCain rally taken today. Apparently, if you say it – you’ll be rebuked. But posters are just fine.

The Jed Report, via dKos, has a video clip where McCain is confronted about these hate-mongers. McCain calmly listens and replies with: “I’ve heard the same thing from Obama’s rallies about me”.

Please! Please email me a link of a bunch of Obama fans who are screaming: “Kill McCain!”, “Kill the Cracker!!” “Traitor!!”

What a freakin’ Liar… As a Veteran myself, you’re supposed to hold some resemblance to the truth. McCain has become a patsy to the losers of “Everything Stupid Who’ve Enlisted in the Military

Please! Please email me a video where Obama fans are screaming “Kill McCain!” Please!!!

Oops… I just realized that the Bush Administration has probably read this blog entry… It has all of the qualifiers that puts me on the…ehem “Republican Black-List”…

<sigh> Dammit!!! I’ll see you when I’ve been released as a political prisoner of the American government…

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