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The Chicago Sun-Times reports, "In a humiliating and personal loss for President Obama," Rep. Mark Kirk (R) defeated state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) 48%-46% in the race for the seat once held by the President. In heralding his win, Kirk said, "Tonight, the sun set on a one-party corrupt state. This senate seat has been returned to its rightful owners: the people of Illinois." The Sun-Times adds, "Giannoulias was not Obama's first choice to run for his old seat and top Obama aides tried to talk him out of the race. But when Giannoulias" refused to "budge, Obama went 'all in' for him, making three recent trips to Illinois for fund-raisers and rallies for him, sending the First Lady, even calling in to WVON radio in Chicago at 5 p.m. Tuesday to urge the largely African-American listenership to get out
http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/2857968,senate-kirk-giannoulias-110210.articleThe Chicago Sun-Times reports, "In a humiliating and personal loss for President... more
THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE... TO MOVE FORWARD...NOT BACKWARDS.
The phantom left took a central role on the mall this weekend in Washington. It had performed admirably for Glenn Beck, who used it in his own rally as a lightning rod to instill anger and fear. And the phantom left proved equally useful for the comics Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who spoke to the crowd wearing red-white-and-blue costumes.
The two comics evoked the phantom left, as the liberal class always does, in defense of moderation, which might better be described as apathy. If the right wing is crazy and if the left wing is crazy, the argument goes, then we moderates will be reasonable. We will be nice. Exxon and Goldman Sachs, along with predatory banks and the arms industry, may be ripping the guts out of the country, our rights—including habeas corpus—may have been revoked, but don’t get mad. Don’t be shrill. Don’t be like the crazies on the left.
The American left is a phantom. It is conjured up by the right wing to tag Barack Obama as a socialist and used by the liberal class to justify its complacency and lethargy. It diverts attention from corporate power. It perpetuates the myth of a democratic system that is influenced by the votes of citizens, political platforms and the work of legislators. It keeps the world neatly divided into a left and a right. The phantom left functions as a convenient scapegoat. The right wing blames it for moral degeneration and fiscal chaos.
The liberal class uses it to call for “moderation.” And while we waste our time talking nonsense, the engines of corporate power—masked, ruthless and unexamined—happily devour the state. The loss of a radical left in American politics has been catastrophic. The left once harbored militant anarchist and communist labor unions, an independent, alternative press, social movements and politicians not tethered to corporate benefactors. But its disappearance, the result of long witch hunts for communists, post-industrialization and the silencing of those who did not sign on for the utopian vision of globalization, means that there is no counterforce to halt our slide into corporate neofeudalism.
This harsh reality, however, is not palatable. So the corporations that control mass communications conjure up the phantom of a left. They blame the phantom for our debacle. And they get us to speak in absurdities. - CHRIS HEDGES http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_phantom_left_20101031/
"How to get people to vote against their interests and to really think against their interests is very clever. It's the cleverest ruling class that I have ever come across in history. It's been 200 years at it. It's superb." - Gore Vidal
"A society whose citizens refuse to see and investigate the facts, who refuse to believe that their government and their media will routinely lie to them and fabricate a reality contrary to verifiable facts, is a society that chooses and deserves the Police State Dictatorship it's going to get." - Ian Williams Goddard
Just a hint...
Before one exports democracy, one tries to have it at home !The phantom left took a central role on the mall this weekend in Washington. It had... more
A Rasmussen Reports poll of 750 likely voters taken October 27 shows Rand Paul (R) leading Jack Conway (D) 53%-41% in the open Kentucky Senate race. Paul led by a much narrower 47%-42% in a similar poll last week.
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/kentucky/election_2010_kentucky_senateA Rasmussen Reports poll of 750 likely voters taken October 27 shows Rand Paul (R)... more
The GOP retains a significant edge on the generic Congressional ballot in all surveys, which is a significant contributor to predictions they will take the House tomorrow. New numbers out this morning from Gallup shows the GOP with a dominating edge, significantly larger than other surveys. The USA Today/Gallup survey of 1,539 likely voters shows the GOP leading 55%-40% on the generic ballot, essentially where it has been for the past several weeks. Gallup says that taking the margin of error of their survey into account, "the historical model predicts that the Republicans could gain anywhere from 60 seats on up, with gains well beyond that possible. It should be noted, however, that this year's 15-point gap in favor of the Republican candidates among likely voters is unprecedented in Gallup polling and could result in the largest Republican margin in House voting in several generations. This means that seat projections have moved into uncharted territory, in which past relationships between the national two-party vote and the number of seats won may not be maintained.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/144125/Republicans-Appear-Poised-Win-Big-Tuesday.aspxThe GOP retains a significant edge on the generic Congressional ballot in all surveys,... more
I Had a One-Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell
Oct. 27, 2010
I Had a One-Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell Three years ago this week, an intoxicated Christine O’Donnell showed up at the apartment of a 25-year-old Philadelphian and ended up spending the night in his bed. Here’s his story—and photos—of his escapade with the would-be Delaware senator.
Click to see...(DRUNK PHOTOS) Annonymous 25yo: My One-Night Stand With Naked ‘Cougar’ Christine O’Donnell???...http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/drunk-photos-anonymous-25yo-my-one-night-stand-with-naked-cougar-christine-odonnell/
Excerpt from Gawker Articles…
Things got physical on the couch pretty quickly. It wasn’t long before we’d moved from the living room to my bed.
I won’t get into the nitty gritty details of what happened between the sheets that evening. But I will say that it wasn’t half as exciting as I’d been hoping it would be. Christine was a decent kisser, but as soon as...I Had a One-Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell Gawker.Com Oct. 27, 2010... more
More than 70 academics, mostly legal scholars, are urging President Barack Obama to open a proposed international intellectual-property agreement to public review before signing it.The likely route for that is bringing the ACTA agreement to the Senate for ratification.
link:http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/10/acta-treaty-or-accord/More than 70 academics, mostly legal scholars, are urging President Barack Obama to... more
Politico reports, "After refusing to shake his opponent's hand in a Sunday debate...Paul said Monday he might skip his next debate with...Conway entirely. Paul - angry about" the "attack ad challenging his Christianity - held a press conference in Lexington, Ky. Monday morning, announcing he will make a final decision soon as to whether he will go through with a scheduled debate against Conway next week. The debate, slated to be aired on Kentucky Educational Television Oct. 25, is now in danger of being canceled."
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43762.htmlPolitico reports, "After refusing to shake his opponent's hand in a Sunday... more
Hello all - The New York Times ran this OP ED piece on Russ Feingold this past week. Please pass it on.
For 17 years, we have had the good fortune of being represented by one of the most crucial leaders in all of government. This upcoming election is his toughest one so far.
Please, rally your friends and colleagues. HELP GET OUT THE VOTE. If every one person, gets just them self and one other person to the polls, it will make a huge difference.
Keep Russ in office, not only for Wisconsin, but for the good of the country and the world.
Thank you all.
"He knew that the new health care law will not reduce Medicare spending but will slow its staggering rate of growth.
He knew that a vast majority of small businesses would not pay higher taxes if rates went up on the wealthy
and that global warming isn’t caused by sunspots.
He knew that without the 2009 stimulus there would be at least 1.5 million fewer people with jobs."...
..."Mr. Feingold’s independent mind,
and his refusal to follow the big-money line on issues like trade, campaign finance and Wall Street reform, should have endeared him to Tea Party members and other independents who are angry at Washington conformists.
If they had taken the time to listen."
Published: October 12, 2010http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/13/opinion/13wed1.html? Hello all - The New York... more
Don't Let Carly Fiorina drill the California coastline! We've seen what happens when politicians win in their chants of, "Drill, Baby, Drill" and the last thing that California needs is a diaster like we saw in the Gulf. Let's protect California from being the next disaster.Don't Let Carly Fiorina drill the California coastline! We've seen what... more
10/13/2010 North Carolina's US Senate Debate between Dr Mike Beitler, Richard Burr, and Elaine Marshall from NBC 17 in Raleigh, NC.
http://news.mync.com/site/news/video/12198/NC_US_Senate_Debate__Pt__01/10/13/2010 North Carolina's US Senate Debate between Dr Mike Beitler, Richard... more
Time to vote independent at all costs. I’ve been saying for three years now that over the next decade, we will see 30% or more of Congress winning on an Independent ticket. The Republican/Democrat Regime has pushed their corrupt, corporatist, big money policies too far down our throats. Here’s a discussion from my facebook page yesterday that underscores the anti-Republican and equally anti-Democrat movement. And no, the Tea Party, which has been overtaken and subverted by the Republican side of the Republican/Democrat Regime doesn’t count as a third party anymore:
Cody Willard I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Sarah Palin is a socialist who repeatedly begged you to bail out Wall St. Wake up, people! Palin’s a conservative? A capitalist? No such thing as a sunshine capitalist and Palin showed her stripes. NEXT!
Mike Genelli I don’t like her representing conservative change. People who have been paying attention know Ron and rand Paul, judge napalitano are true backers I can trust when speaking good about candidate for office
Cody Willard I’ve told both Ron and Rand to their faces that they are part of the problem by giving cover to the Republican side of the Republican/Democrat regime and allowing its socialist/corporatist cronies to pretend they are for freedom. Ron and Rand seem like good people. But until they leave the Republican/Democrat Regime I have no choice but to fight them. The R/D Regime and its parties are the enemy. And I fight my enemies.
Nick Hankoff Cody, by attacking the “R/D Regime” to the point that you don’t support Ron Paul is like declaring a War on Terrorism and discounting the innocence lost as “casualties.” Please recognize that you are declaring war on a tactic (declaring Party affilitation) and are doomed to failure or at the very least endless warfare.
David Rodrigue I’m a fan of yours and usually agree. But central banks are what killed the economy. Im always wishing you would say something about it! They make billions on defaults and countries paying them interest to print their own money. Palin is a simpleton and irrelevant.
Cody Willard Did you read what I wrote, Mr Rodrigue? Have you ever read or seen of the millions of words I’ve written about the central banking system? Do you not see the connection between Palin enabling the FED? And why we have to start with the elections so we can dismantle the Fed peacefully through rule of law?
And yes, it is war. I will fight this war against you Republicans and you Democrats with my words and my peaceful actions and my votes and my influence and everything else I can come up with until you push it too far and actually create the class warfare that is always the result of forced redistribution of wealth upward.
Mike Genelli And I said to you before Cody who cares what party it is or what it’s called. The people in the party matter not the party itself. It like you believe in “politicalism” - political racism. I believe your strategy of winning the war is too risky and idealistic. We both want less government, no crony capitalism so let’s stop fighting each other because of nominal differences.
David Rodrigue I haw been watching much lately but, believe you are the only one brave enough and with enough moxy and voice to take on the fed. You’re a mavrick so they can’t fault you. Are you saying socialism is tied to central banks? I never connected those dots.
Cody Willard I never said I was for less government, now did I?
I’m not arguing for or against liberal ideology. I’m not arguing for or against conservative ideology. NEITHER HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH DEMOCRATS AND THEIR POLICIES OF ENDLESS STIMULUS FOR… BIG BUSINESS OR REPUBLICANS AND THEIR POLICIES OF BAILOUTS AND $500 ONE OFF WELFARE CHECKS FOR THE POOR IN THE SUPPOSED NAME OF STIMULUS BEFORE THAT. DON’T YOU SEE? THE PARTIES ARE INDEED THE PROBLEM.
Once you sign up for a party and become beholden to its platform (and the money behind that platform) you are no longer beholden to your constituents now, are you? You’re either bought and sold by big money and the Republican/Democrat Regime or you are outside of it. I choose to fight R/Ders and their evil ways. I hate corporatists and those who enable upward redistribution of the wealth. So I hate all Republicans and all Democrats from Reagan and his increased welfare for seniors who need drugs (read: Pharma welfare) to Obama and his increased welfare for bankers (read: next round of “quantitative easing”).
You’re either with them or against them. Sorry my battle is too scary for you, Mike. I didn’t want to fight this battle either, but the Republican/Democrat Regime has obviously stepped it up in the last two years. So I have no choice but to fight.
David Rodrigue I totally see your point, but that’s a HUGE fight. All countries have political parties. What’s your platform, how to we support your idea? Getting the whole population to uprise seems impossible. Obama could have led us there but he’s kind of done the opposite.
Cody Willard First, David - NEVER, EVER, under any circumstance vote for any Republican or Democrat EVER. Start by voting Indie at all costs. Nothing can be worse than the organized and supposedly legalized crime of the Republican/Democrat Regime in the last two (ten? twenty? seventy?) years.
Steve Lolyouwish So, Cody - have you looked into small-l libertarianism, yet?
Cody Willard Group think is the root of the problem, Steve. I refuse all labels except that of Free Thinking Individual American.
Steve Lolyouwish That’s inherently small-l libertarian, Cody To truly advocate free-thinking-individuality, while respecting the free-thinking of others (as long as they don’t violate others’ person or property) is clearly definitive of libertarian philosophy.
Cody Willard I ain’t racist, I ain’t sexist, I ain’t old-ist, I ain’t religious-ist, I ain’t a bigot, I ain’t anti-Semitic, and I ain’t a plagiarist either. But I am indeed a partisan-ist! You should be too, unless you like what the Republican/Democrat Regime’s parties have done to you and your counry and the rest of the world to boot!<
Mike Genelli Cody you’ve said many times on HH that you don’t like people from Ruidoso like your dad or whoever paying for corporate welfare in new york. a small govt wouldn’t do that, would it? i never said the war is too scary i said your strategy is too risky because you risk not getting anything accomplished. to be completely honest maybe things will never change by the voters and politicians. the voters give a message that we want are benefits without raising taxes or even lowering them and the politicians give in because they have no back bone or skills for the private sector. i hope i’m wrong in saying that the war is not worth fighting because our creditors will cease the action.
ps i hope you run for political office because a lot of people trust you. come out to my hometown Sacramento and help us out.
http://blogs.marketwatch.com/cody/2010/10/14/time-for-vote-indepedent-and-tea-partying-doesnt-count-as-sarah-palin-is-a-socialist-too/Time to vote independent at all costs. I’ve been saying for three years now... more
Christine O’ Donnell Debate or properly saying Christine O’ Donnell and Chris Coons debate in Delaware on Wednesday was a nationally televised debate in which both U.S Senate candidates faced off throwing barbs on each other and giving their ownChristine O’ Donnell Debate or properly saying Christine O’ Donnell and... more
Ohio vote Lee Fisher for jobs...Rob Portman lives in a make believe world where k street and Wall street intersect!! click on the buildings for LOL http://www.mrportmansmakebelieveneighborhood.com/Ohio vote Lee Fisher for jobs...Rob Portman lives in a make believe world where k... more
What do Bernie Sanders, Jeff Flake, Mitch Daniels, Cory Booker, and Al Franken have in common? This is not much of a hint, but that list is comprised, in order, of the following: the only Socialist in Congress, a Tea Party-minded Arizona Republican also in the House of Representatives, the can-do Republican governor from Indiana, the reform-minded African-American mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and a formerly foul-mouthed liberal Hollywood comedian-turned-politician who now sits in the U.S. Senate representing a state where the highest compliment is to say that they are truly "Minnesota nice."
Here's the answer: Those gents, along with five other male politicians, were named by The Good Men Project, a new online men's magazine, as the Top 10 Good Politicians of 2010. "In list-making, as in politics, you can't make everyone happy, so we had to exclude some worthy men from our Top-10 Good Politicians list -- believe it or not, there are more than 10 good men in politics," the editors wrote. "We also excluded many worthy women -- we are the Good Men Project, after all."
"While we don't expect our list to restore your faith in America's political system, we do hope to bring your attention to elected officials worth respecting for their integrity, their passion and their ideas," the editors added. "As our political landscape grows ever more polarized -- and ordinary Americans feel increasingly alienated from the political process -- the conventional wisdom seems to be that when it comes to elected officials, a good man is hard to find. As legendary humorist Kin Hubbard once put it, 'We'd all love to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate."
The proprietors of the Good Men Project Magazine beg to disagree -- and they placed two of Kin Hubbard's fellow Hoosiers on their list to bolster their case. Citing a "need" to believe that there are still good men in public life, they spent months looking for them. Their list is bipartisan, and has its share of surprises. The criteria cited by the magazine in its accompanying article included integrity, intellectual honesty, respect for their political opponents – as well as their constituents – a belief in open government and a willingness to work in a bipartisan fashion. At a premium were men with compelling ideas, along with the political skill to help advance those ideas.
Here is the full list:
1. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan
2. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin
3. Mayor Cory Booker, Newark Democrat
4. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, R-Louisiana
5. Sen. Al Franken. D-Minnesota
6. Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona
7. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana
8. Rep. Mark Strama, D-Tex.
9. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont
10. Gov. Mitch Daniels, Indiana Republican
Working our way up the list, the fiscally prudent Mitch Daniels -- a former White House budget director who is sometimes mentioned as future GOP presidential material -- was cited for his sheer competence in cutting a huge state budget deficit in Indiana, and for doing so humanely and without stirring up much animosity among Democrats -- his job approval rating tops 70 percent.
Bernie Sanders was lauded for an independent streak that makes him "one of the most refreshingly atypical politicians in recent American history." As if to bolster the magazine's judgment, in his interview with the magazine, when Sanders was asked to name a politician from the other side of the aisle (Sanders caucuses with the Democrats) whom he respects for integrity and dedication to his ideas, the Vermont socialist instantly named Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul, with whom he clashed -- and collaborated when he served in the House.
Likewise, one of the testimonials for conservative Jeff Flake was President George W. Bush's complaint that Flake was just "too dang independent." His colleagues know this all too well. At the end of budget debates, Flake sometimes invites sponsors of congressional pork to explain their "earmark" spending bill to their colleagues -- and, well -- to the American people watching on CSPAN. He famously dismissed a $250,000 earmark for weed management in Nevada, by quipping that the state should instead "get a goat." He's earned the enmity of some of his colleagues, but also the "Taxpayer Superhero" award from the Citizens Against Government Waste.
So clearly a strong ideology isn't a drawback for this list, although a willingness to compromise is key. Thus Paul Ryan, author of the GOP's "roadmap" to a balanced budget, makes it not so much for the contents of his plan, but for his willingness to be specific, which takes political courage these days, and for his openness to listen to others.
The most surprising name on the list, at least to conservatives, might be that of Al Franken. Known before running for office for his caustic wit, hyper-partisanship, and penchant for calling those with whom he disagreed "liars," Franken was narrowly elected to the Senate in 2008, and earned respect for being a hard worker, and a senator who reaches out to Southern conservatives on veterans' issues, and someone willing to hear out the grievances of Tea Party activists in Minnesota.
At a town hall meeting on health care the first summer he was a senator, Franken calmed an angry crowd mostly by just being willing to listen. "I thank you for your passion," he told them.
Franken was not one of the seven "good guys" who consented to answer questions via e-mail with the magazine (But, the editors wrote, "we're trying hard to forgive him.)
"Do we endorse everything they stand for? No. But we can respect those we disagree with," the editors wrote. "We looked for men who can see beyond the next election cycle and who have the political courage to lay the foundation for America's future success -- even if it means making unpopular decisions today."
Tagged: Al Franken, Bernie Sanders, Carl Levin, Cory Booker, Jeff Flake, Mitch Daniels, Richard Lugar, Top 10 Good Politicians
http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/10/12/the-top-10-good-politicians-of-2010-breaking-down-the-list/What do Bernie Sanders, Jeff Flake, Mitch Daniels, Cory Booker, and Al Franken have in... more
There's an unusual candor about John Dennis that you don't often get from a politician who's running in one of the two major parties. But then again, a small businessman from New Jersey who grew up in a housing project can afford to be candid and honest when the media has marginalized him as a mere outlier against the most powerful person in congress, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
He's not even a politician. In fact, Dennis had rarely engaged the political realm until the 2008 Presidential election, in which he actively campaigned for Republican party outcast, Ron Paul. This time around it's Paul helping out Dennis, who he has endorsed.
The question is: Can John Dennis be taken seriously as a Republican when he's running on an anti-war, pro-civil liberties, anti-corporatist, pro-marijuana platform? In Dennis' own formulation, it's the only way to seriously challenge Pelosi, whom he has characterized as a "blatant corporatist."
In this blog, I want to argue that despite running as a Republican, Dennis is essentially running on a pragmatic, progressive agenda that brings together the most salient issues across parties. Issue by issue, I will outline why liberals, as well as conservatives, should consider Dennis over Pelosi in San Francisco.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dustin-reid/beyond-left-and-right-why_b_757568.htmlThere's an unusual candor about John Dennis that you don't often get from a... more
Women have a chance to nudge up their numbers in the U.S. Senate in November, but it's not a year to expect any great gains. A decline is quite possible.
A looming question of these midterm 2010 elections is the extent to which female senators--now numbering 13 Democrats and four Republicans–will shift to the GOP side of the aisle.
Of the Senate's 17 female members, six are up for re-election. One of these races won't affect the female headcount because the race is between two women.
Read the rest: http://www.womensenews.org/story/campaign-trail/101007/senate-races-could-shift-womens-party-linesWomen have a chance to nudge up their numbers in the U.S. Senate in November, but... more
by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger
Riding the media blitz that followed the DREAM Act’s recent defeat, Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) unveiled their own comprehensive immigration reform bills just before Congress adjourned last week. The bills are enforcement-heavy, party-line bills that were immediately referred to committee, where they are expected to languish for some time.
Few expect much to come of either bill, given their untimely introduction and the broad failure of previous immigration reform efforts. Rather, these bills are perceived as last-ditch attempts to score political points before midterm elections. The Menendez bill could net support for Democrats from an increasingly unmotivated Latino electorate, conversely, Hatch’s bill reinforces the hard-line immigration stance so popular among Republican voters.
The Menendez Bill: Two steps forward, one step back
While the Menendez bill was introduced with the strong support of major immigration reform groups like the National Immigration Forum, others regard it as a disappointing mixed bag of talking points.
The bill has several high points, like its inclusion of AgJOBS and the DREAM Act, but is heavy on the kinds of federal immigration enforcement that immigrant rights advocates abhor. As Prerna Lal at Change.org writes:
[The bill] starts with border enforcement, followed by interior enforcement, then worksite enforcement, before actually reforming the system and moving forward with the legalization of undocumented immigrants. […] The biggest downfall of the bill is probably that it does not do much to address the ever-growing immigrant detention complex and, instead, mandates a system that criminalizes immigrants.
Likening it to the failed Schumer-Graham bill of last spring, Lal notes that the bill’s prioritization of enforcement isn’t bi-partisan so much as a slap in the face of those who have fought hardest for comprehensive reform. Nevertheless, the Menendez Bill succeeds where its Democratic predecessor—the Guttieriez bill—failed: It provides a path to citizenship for undocumented partners of LGBT citizens.
While it remains unlikely that the bill will ever become law as is, Menendez introduced it into Senate to remind Latinos which party is on their side this election season.
The Hatch Bill: Revving up the base with more of the same
Orrin Hatch admits even more frankly that he only introduced an immigration bill because he wanted to stir up his base. In his own words, the bill is “just for show.”
Accordingly—and as Elise Foley of the Washington Independent notes—his bill doesn’t do much of anything except reinforce existing immigration laws and practices:
Immigration advocacy groups were critical of the bill, calling it “dog whistle rhetoric” to gin up his base. “His bill doesn’t offer serious solutions,” Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum said in a press release. “Instead it duplicates work already being done on enforcement and won’t solve the crisis it purports to address.”
The bill does propose boosting enforcement in some areas—for instance, requiring all law enforcement agencies to deputize their officers as immigration agents—but on the whole appears to be little more than the political ploy Hatch says it is.
Where are the Latino voters?
Whether either bill will have much of an impact on voters, however, is up for debate. A new report released by the Pew Hispanic Center reveals that, while Latino voters still largely identify as Democrats, they are much less motivated to cast their ballots this year than they have been in the past two elections. The finding is a surprising one, as reform advocates have been working hard to galvanize the Latino constituency against increasing anti-immigrant sentiment.
But weak voter motivation may have less to do with politics and more to do with the pressures accompanying a bad economy. As I wrote for Campus Progress, populations that were disproportionately hurt by the recession seem to have less overall interest in voting this November.
In particular, Latino voters with close ties to undocumented workers are experiencing some of the worst voter fallout from the recession and, under the circumstances, are becoming politically disaffected despite the highly politicized immigration debate.
Rather than motivating the bulk of Latino voters, all of the controversy surrounding anti-immigrant sentiment and policies are instead fomenting an agitated conservative base. At ColorLines, Jamilah King astutely notes that, “while Democrats had hoped incendiary anti-immigrant legislation like SB 1070 would encourage voters to come out against Republicans in protest, it seems that the opposite is happening.”
Instead, controversy surrounding SB 1070 and other measures are generating strong support among conservatives. Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio, once the figurehead of immigration enforcement in the U.S., is now proclaiming himself to be the “poster boy” of immigration as he tours the country endorsing a slew of radical conservative candidates.
There they are!
Nevertheless, reform advocates are optimistic about both the power and the will of the Latino electorate.
According to Valerie Fernandez at New America Media, organizers are registering record numbers of Latinos this year. In Arizona, where voter registration closed on Monday, a coalition of ten groups claims to have registered 22,000 new voters. It’s a remarkable accomplishment. Latino voters make up only 15 percent of all registered voters in Arizona, despite the fact that Latinos comprise 30 percent of the state’s population. 22,000 new voters could effectively double the number of Latinos voting in the state, and may significantly impact the election’s outcome.
This post features links to the best independent, progressive reporting about immigration by members of The Media Consortium. It is free to reprint. Visit the Diaspora for a complete list of articles on immigration issues, or follow us on Twitter. And for the best progressive reporting on critical economy, environment, and health care issues, check out The Audit, The Mulch, and The Pulse . This is a project of The Media Consortium, a network of leading independent media outlets.by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Riding the media blitz that... more
Christine O'Donnell isn't the only one defending her reputation against specious charges of witchcraft. Modern Lady's Erin Gibson responds to her own critics in this bewitching campaign ad.
In each episode of Modern Lady, Erin Gibson explores the often-conflicting ways in which today's media tells women to work, love, and be ladies. For more Erin visit: http://current.com/shows/infomania/modern-lady/ and Current TV.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Erin Gibson, Ben Hoffman, Bryan Safi and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 11/10c on Current TV.
Go to http://current.com/infomania for more, and make sure to check out our Facebook profile for special features at http://facebook.com/infomania.Christine O'Donnell isn't the only one defending her reputation against... more