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Charlie Cook hedges his bets on Massachsetts senate race……with slight Brown lead….

Here’s his latest call…….

January 17, 2010
Massachusetts Special Election Update This past Thursday, January 14, The Cook Political Report moved the open Massachusetts Senate seat rating from Lean Democrat to Toss Up, having moved it from Solid Democrat to Lean Democratic on January 7. We continue to see this race as very much of a Toss Up, with Republican state Sen. Scott Brown holding onto a very narrow, single-digit lead over Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley. Given the vagaries of voter turnout, particularly in lower participation level special elections, this race could still go either way, but we put a finger on the scale for Brown. Last minute Democratic attacks on Brown have driven his negatives up some and slightly diminished the incredible intensity of support that Brown enjoyed, but it looks more likely than not to hold.

Note:…..The Dog added the italics……

Note#2.……The Dog thinks he’s trying to have it both ways…..he, he, he……

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 12 Comments

The Healthcare Bill is turning out to be the Bill Clinton's headche all over again…..

Yes, it is….

Whether Martha Coakley wins or loses……the passage of the Healthcare Bill once virtually assured … is no longer a lock….

While the Dog feels dearly that it is the right thing to do…and will gladly pay for it…..

The President and the Democrats have allowed themselves to be defined by the GOP in terms of the Bill and the notion of ‘tax and spend’….

While the Republicans are able to pull out that dusty slogan time and again….it still works.…..

The nation’s economy doesn’t help the democrats either……

Bill Clinton in his first year rushed to re-invent government, hiring young inexperienced staffers and throwing tons of new legislation at Congress……that didn’t work….he had  to retrench….

Barack Obama may suffer the same fate…while this just a vote in Massachusetts…it has uncanny parallels to the New Jersey and Virginia governor races…..bad candidates , bad economy….no help from WAshington, and the White House until too late……

The Dog hopes that all of the democrats in Massachusetts  come out and vote prove the pundits, pollsters and the GOP wrong…..But to tell you the truth….It may not happen….

The Dog will then be right in criticizing the President, and the White House, for leaving the rest of the party out there with no clothes on…. to sell Healthcare and answer for the Economy…while the President gets on Air Force One and leaves all of this behind to hang with the Leaders of the World …..

All politics is local…. And President Obama is cruising for a bruising…..if he doesn’t stay home a campaign hard for his Bill….

Bill and Hillary Clinton can tell him all about their trials and tribulations almost 20 years ago….and they didn’t get the bill…..the GOP shot them down also….

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | 6 Comments

The Healthcare Bill is turning out to be the Bill Clinton’s headche all over again…..

Yes, it is….

Whether Martha Coakley wins or loses……the passage of the Healthcare Bill once virtually assured … is no longer a lock….

While the Dog feels dearly that it is the right thing to do…and will gladly pay for it…..

The President and the Democrats have allowed themselves to be defined by the GOP in terms of the Bill and the notion of ‘tax and spend’….

While the Republicans are able to pull out that dusty slogan time and again….it still works.…..

The nation’s economy doesn’t help the democrats either……

Bill Clinton in his first year rushed to re-invent government, hiring young inexperienced staffers and throwing tons of new legislation at Congress……that didn’t work….he had  to retrench….

Barack Obama may suffer the same fate…while this just a vote in Massachusetts…it has uncanny parallels to the New Jersey and Virginia governor races…..bad candidates , bad economy….no help from WAshington, and the White House until too late……

The Dog hopes that all of the democrats in Massachusetts  come out and vote prove the pundits, pollsters and the GOP wrong…..But to tell you the truth….It may not happen….

The Dog will then be right in criticizing the President, and the White House, for leaving the rest of the party out there with no clothes on…. to sell Healthcare and answer for the Economy…while the President gets on Air Force One and leaves all of this behind to hang with the Leaders of the World …..

All politics is local…. And President Obama is cruising for a bruising…..if he doesn’t stay home a campaign hard for his Bill….

Bill and Hillary Clinton can tell him all about their trials and tribulations almost 20 years ago….and they didn’t get the bill…..the GOP shot them down also….

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | 6 Comments

Counterpoint on the Peter Orszag/ Claire Milonas and Biannna Golodryga ….and the baby story……

It seems that all of the people mentioned above are fine…and getting along…..while the Dog did point out that Orszag booked before the birth…….We in no way said that he was walking away from his responsibilities, just the mother of his child…..and the timing of the whole thing was the querious…..

In this piece @ PolitcsDaily.….Lizzie Skurnick correctly points out that in these timese….stuff like this, happens….and Orszag is hanging in there (he’s got two other children from a previous marriage)…….

….in fact, I’ll give you this…..since Tiger Woods disappeared….we have no idea if he will stay married …or not….you never know……

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Fiction, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Bret Farve wants to go the Super Bowl….and he's taking the Vikings with him…..

As I post this the Vikings are up against the Cowboys 17 to 3 at half-time…..

Bret Farve, the ex- Green Bay Packers quarterback, and icon, conclusions and all, is going to the Super Bowl….with the Vikings…not Green Bay…..believe it!

Update:…..the score is now 20 to 3, in the 4th quarter!…..bye…bye Dallas…..

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports | , , | Leave a comment

Bret Farve wants to go the Super Bowl….and he’s taking the Vikings with him…..

As I post this the Vikings are up against the Cowboys 17 to 3 at half-time…..

Bret Farve, the ex- Green Bay Packers quarterback, and icon, conclusions and all, is going to the Super Bowl….with the Vikings…not Green Bay…..believe it!

Update:…..the score is now 20 to 3, in the 4th quarter!…..bye…bye Dallas…..

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports | , , | Leave a comment

New York's Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue land in Haiti and find out things are not gonna be easy…..

They are without heavy equipment needed to remove rubble, after they locate trapped victims…….

More than a dozen members of an elite New York rescue team were attempting to pull five people from a collapsed grocery store in Port-au-Prince Saturday night.

The five earthquake survivors are able to communicate with the members of Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue by yelling through the debris.

The squad arrived in Haiti Saturday afternoon and immediately dispatched to save people on the ground.

Some 16 members of the joint FDNYNYPD squad were walking the streets of a relatively prosperous suburb of Port-au-Prince when an individual approached one and directed them to the trapped people.

Late Saturday night the crew had not yet figured out how to get to them beneath huge slabs of concrete.

Things are going to be rough…and fustrating for the team, and survivors still hanging on…..

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, Travel, Updates | , , , | 9 Comments

New York’s Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue land in Haiti and find out things are not gonna be easy…..

They are without heavy equipment needed to remove rubble, after they locate trapped victims…….

More than a dozen members of an elite New York rescue team were attempting to pull five people from a collapsed grocery store in Port-au-Prince Saturday night.

The five earthquake survivors are able to communicate with the members of Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue by yelling through the debris.

The squad arrived in Haiti Saturday afternoon and immediately dispatched to save people on the ground.

Some 16 members of the joint FDNYNYPD squad were walking the streets of a relatively prosperous suburb of Port-au-Prince when an individual approached one and directed them to the trapped people.

Late Saturday night the crew had not yet figured out how to get to them beneath huge slabs of concrete.

Things are going to be rough…and fustrating for the team, and survivors still hanging on…..

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, Travel, Updates | , , , | 9 Comments

Who gets help in Haiti from the U.S. Navy?

In this piece in the Wall Street Journal.…the writer of the piece subtly poises the question…..Who gets help?

The Reporter, Michael Casey has gotten about the U.S. Navy Carrier Carl Vinson…and appears to be astonished that the carrier, with all its equipment and medical help in-house has treated only 7 patients…..

Huh?

It seems with 18 helicopters doing supply transportation, no one in the command net has authorized the Vinson to accept patients……in fact the ships Chief Medical officer has been sent on-shore to work…..

Casey and most of us might wonder why the medical facilities are off base to treating survivor’s of the earthquake…….

They must have good reason…right?….right?

 

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Military, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , | 6 Comments

Give Elizabeth Edwards a break……….Her husband hasn't…..

In the book just out “Game Change” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin one gets a completely candid look a Elizabeth Edwards…..and she’s no angel or saint….the wife of John Edwards had to endure this……

During the campaign and its aftermath, Edwards learned that she has incurable cancer, while confronting the reality of an unfaithful and lying husband, a broken marriage, and a child borne by her husband’s mistress. The string of psychological blows was so enormous it wasn’t until just recently that Edwards could finally absorb and accept them all, according to these friends.

As is the case in historical books on popular figures…….the truth is often very different from the media pictures…(we just learned that about Hillary Clinton, also)

The shattered image of Elizabeth Edwards is one of the most revelatory parts of “Game Change,” and the passages are among the most difficult to read: Seething through the telephone as she tells a long-time aide he’s dead to her; haranguing her husband in cars, hotel rooms, and in an airport parking lot where, incoherent and inconsolable, she tears open her blouse to expose the effects of her cancer and screams, “Look at me!”

I feel for the women….trying to defend her political husband, while dealing with her disease and having to hear all those lies from him and trying to smile in public…..

Who wouldn’t be a little lot pissed off, and defensive…..

Give the lady a break…will ya?????

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments