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Look out for my Diaries on The Daily Kos under username “Christopher C.”

April 3, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Can the GOP replace DeLay?

The Law says NO:

NAME OMITTED FROM BALLOT. A candidate’s name shall be omitted from
the ballot if the candidate withdraws, dies, or is declared
ineligible on or before the 74th day before election day.
Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 1109, § 7, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.

provided by Subsection (b), if a candidate’s name is to be omitted
from the ballot under Section 145.035, the political party’s state,
district, county, or precinct executive committee, as appropriate
for the particular office, may nominate a replacement candidate to
fill the vacancy in the nomination.
(b) An executive committee may make a replacement
nomination following a withdrawal only if:
(1) the candidate:
(A) withdraws because of a catastrophic illness
that was diagnosed after the 62nd day before general primary
election day and the illness would permanently and continuously
incapacitate the candidate and prevent the candidate from
performing the duties of the office sought; and
(B) files with the withdrawal request a
certificate describing the illness and signed by at least two
licensed physicians;
(2) no political party that held primary elections has
a nominee for the office sought by the withdrawing candidate as of
the time of the withdrawal; or
(3) the candidate has been elected or appointed to
fill a vacancy in another elective office or has become the nominee
for another office.
(c) Under the circumstances described by Subsection (b)(2),
the appropriate executive committee of each political party making
nominations for the general election for state and county officers
may make a replacement nomination for the office sought by the
withdrawing candidate.
(d) For the purpose of filling a vacancy, a majority of the
committee’s membership constitutes a quorum. To be nominated, a
person must receive a favorable vote of a majority of the members
(e) A vacancy in a nomination for a district, county, or
precinct office that was made by primary election may not be filled
before the beginning of the term of office of the county executive
committee members elected in the year in which the vacancy occurs.

Read the Law

UPDATE:The law is a bit more confusing for national elections. Follow the analysis on Swing State Project by blogger DavidNYC

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Conservatives will do whatever it takes to discredit Hillary Clinton.

Monday night on MSNBC’s Scarborough Country Joe Scarborough had a seven minute segment about how Hillary Clinton had poor taste in furniture and did not do her job as first lady to maintain a tasteful decor. He had a single guest on that claimed Clinton “didn’t want the job, she wanted her husband’s job”.

My theory: these Republicans are so damn scared of Hillary Clinton that they will do anything to make her look bad. But when they result to insulting her talent for interior decoration you know they’re in trouble.

April 3, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment


Unbelievable, Tom DeLay just spoke with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and told him he will withdraw from the 2006 Congressional race tomorrow morning.  He says he does not think he can “reverse the trend” of anti-DeLay voters.  He decided it is too important to have a Republican in the Texas seat and he does not want to risk losing it to the Democrats.  

Personally, I was looking forward to beating DeLay in Texas but I suppose it will be just as gratifying to beat his replacement.  One down.

Update: DeLay apparently believes he can more easily lead the Republican Party from outside the congress! Is he serious or is he just covering for the fact that he knows there is no way he can juggle his bleak trial and bleak political campaign. In either case, he is sure that any other republican could simply “Walk into the seat”. I am scared he may be right

UPDATE II: When Washington Post reporter Mike Allen asked DeLay if he thought his actions were unethical he started to answer, stopped himself and said “We are all sinners”.

April 3, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Oh yeah… hes outta here.

“QUESTION: Have you had any thoughts that you might be leaving soon? MCCLELLAN: I don’t speculate on any personnel matters. QUESTION: You’re not speculating for yourself. MCCLELLAN: I’m focused on helping the President advance his agenda, just like the rest of the team at the White House.”

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Without Personal Attackes…

Bill O’Reilly Would Be A Mime

Another great video from Media Matters for America:

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Spring Cleaning

CNN Reports: Press Secretary Scott McClellan Next to Resign

According to both administration and GOP insiders, we’re hearing here at CNN that Press Secretary Scott McClellan and Treasury Secretary John Snow could be the next ones to be shown to the door.

Now, why McClellan? Several sources familiar with the thinking of new White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten say that immediately, right out of gate, he began on focusing on improving White House communications in order to regenerate the White House’s — the administration’s message, the performance — you know those poll numbers are really lagging right now. One White House insider says there’s been “a lot of dissatisfaction with the state of communications.”

At the same time, though, very important to point out that there are many who insist that McClellan is very secure because of his close personal relationship with President Bush. We are hearing that if McClellan were to leave, that one name being floated as a possible replacement is White House counselor Dan Bartlett.

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President Bush’s new Medicare drug plan is so confusing “even the parents of the Michael Leavitt, secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, ended up picking a plan that put their retiree medical coverage at risk. And this after Leavitt helped his parents in making their initial selection.”

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