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October 23, 2006

Nancy Pelosi on the changes in store if she becomes Speaker Pelosi, and stupid Republican tricks...

"I think the fact that I am a woman will raise expectations in terms of more hope in government, and I will not disappoint...The gavel of the speaker of the House is in the hands of special interests, and now it will be in the hands of America's children."

A-yup. Okay, I can run with that as a working description of the Democrats...

8^)

Nope. Can't make this stuff up. That quote is in the last paragraph of this story in the LA Times.

Stupid Republican tricks?

Quoting a 2004 article, "Lie Factory," that appeared in Mother Jones magazine and relied on interviews with a former Pentagon analyst turned White House foe, Karen Kwiatkowski, the mailing highlights Christopher Carney's role in a small intelligence analysis shop inside the Pentagon before the Iraq war. The top of the mailing warns voters, "Chris Carney failed our nation once." "Don't give Chris Carney a chance to FAIL us again," the next page says.

The mailing may seem par for the course in an election season in which Republican incumbents are vulnerable to attacks on their support for an unpopular war. But its return address is the Republican Federal Committee of Pennsylvania. The mailing's target is Mr. Carney, who some see as one of the national Democratic Party's brightest hopes to wrest control of the House of Representatives in 2006.

Bad move, guys. And you oughta disown the mailing. But we do get this amusement with the article - the New York Sun's Eli Lake, the author of the article, provides this fun paragraph to go with it...

Mr. Carney's position on Iraq differs from that of a Pennsylvania Republican, Rep. Jack Murtha, who has said America should set a date and begin withdrawing troops. But Mr. Carney counts Mr. Murtha as a political ally. In August, Mr. Murtha even promised Mr. Carney a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, the congressional panel that spends the federal budget.

I guess it *is* getting hard to tell Democrats from Republicans these days...