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  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 14:33:32View | Delete

    I apologize for this drive-by reply, but I gotta get outside before the sun goes down. First time air temp in DC has been above freezing in ten days.

    But I think we should be obsessing about the House races. Now is the time to brainstorm strategy, not after the primaries. It’s probably too late even now to aim for “wave” results given the DNC’s apparent defeatist attitude covered over on that other thread, but we should definitely be looking for gifts on silver platters, like six GOP seats in NJ where the entire state GOP is on the brink of being declared a criminal enterprise.

    eCAHN I think you are snarking a little bit when you say we shouldn’t be thinking about the preznit election yet. Obviously now is exactly the time to prepare for November 2016, since now is when we can start to choose and shape the wedge issues and pick our battlegrounds. Our enemies are doing it, why shouldn’t we?

    Like I said, sorry but I gotta go. I’m out.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 13:55:04View | Delete

    I’m grateful for your confidence in my ability to do that. I’m not sure I have ever posted an actual diary. I have been hanging around at the Lake for a while, so maybe there is some draft diary gathering dust somewhere in my profile.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 13:48:13View | Delete

    I’m not sure what the impact of this might be:

    Circling back very quickly: Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani stuck up for fellow Republican Chris Christie during a radio appearance Thursday — but conceded it’s possible the New Jersey governor knew about orders to tangle traffic leading onto the George Washington Bridge.

    I don’t read Daily News often enough to decipher its hints & signals. Does “circling back” mean she added an “update?”

    Daily News and NY Post are both obsessed with the Super Bowl so it’s hard to wade through all the tabloid stories about hookers & celebrities to find the real news.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 13:39:24View | Delete

    excellent starting point for oppo-research, which we can crowd source right here. Your Wiki links show that NJ has 12 House districts and Repubs hold NJ districts 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 11, but the guy in NJ3 has already decided to retire so it’s an open seat. Steve Lonegan, who ran for Senate against Cory Booker, is running in the GOP primary.

    I’m gonna look for a map of NJ 2, 4, 5, 7 & 11 and try to compare it to a map of Sandy relief money. Not necessarily today.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 13:30:50View | Delete

    great. And thank you for the numbers & links in yours @59. Next time I get an email blast from PCCC or DFA or MoveOn, I’m going to tell them “go away until you can tell me your plan to win all five GOP seats in New Jersey this year.”

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 13:28:23View | Delete

    wish I had a view like that. I was in San Francisco over the summer and took two or three ferry rides across the Bay, soaking in the views of the Golden Gate so I can imagine the feeling of being able to watch such a beautiful thing all day.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 13:24:51View | Delete

    awesome

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 13:22:57View | Delete

    I agree with you about Christy. Since I don’t live either in NJ or NYC, I don’t want to make shit up about the NJ-NY rivalry. But I bet at least some voters in NJ like Christy even more when some pointy-headed liberal magazine like the New Yorker attacks him.

    But even the Daily News is piling on with a story yesterday about Christy’s poll numbers plummeting because of Bridgegate.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 13:08:55View | Delete

    Norske! I love it! This thread is melding into that other thread about the DNC engaging in “triage” of the House races.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Dems Begin Triage Plans

    2014-01-30 13:05:37View | Delete

    yes. OFA are assholes. charming fanboys and fangirls of teh White House, but still assholes. We need to be sure that whatever we do, we boycott OFA, boycott White House, boycott DCCC and, unless we can get a new DNC chair, boycott DNC.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Dems Begin Triage Plans

    2014-01-30 13:03:59View | Delete

    you’re preaching to the choir. I live in DC where we just kicked off the election campaign to replace our thoroughly corrupted Mayor and a couple of DC Councilmembers (one black, one white) heavily dependent on corporate money.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 13:00:16View | Delete

    it’s really short; the whole thing is on the web at this link:

    http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2014/01/27/140127taco_talk_kolbert

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 12:58:49View | Delete

    don’t retire, you were right. Here’s part of the Kolbert column I linked to @48; to avoid hogging too much space, this is just the good part, before Christie fucked it up:

    Back in 1921, when the Port of New York Authority, as it was then chauvinistically called, was founded, it was—in the words of Jameson Doig, a professor emeritus at Princeton and the author of “Empire on the Hudson,” a six-hundred-page history of the agency—a “reformer’s vision.” A product of the Progressive Era, the authority was to be insulated from the vagaries of politics on both sides of the river, which is to say also from Trenton’s and Albany’s multifarious forms of corruption. Half its commissioners would be appointed by the governor of New York and half by the governor of New Jersey, but to promote their independence they would serve staggered, six-year terms.

    Amazingly, this arrangement worked for the better part of the twentieth century. One of the Port Authority’s first major construction projects was, as it happens, the George Washington Bridge. When the bridge was dedicated, on October 24, 1931, New York’s governor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, declared that the authority was “charting the course toward the more able and honorable administration of our nation’s affairs,” and that it should serve as “a model for government agencies throughout the land.” The span—twice as long as any suspension bridge previously built—was completed below budget and ahead of schedule. The authority earned a reputation for integrity and professionalism. Writing in the nineteen-fifties, a reporter for the Newark News noted the “incredible vigor and efficiency” of its operations, “as contrasted with the slumberland of the average City Hall.”

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 12:54:16View | Delete

    Sorry I didn’t get to ask you about this over on that thread about the DNC starting to “triage” the Dems’ House races. But you mentioned in yours @14 that the Christie scandal(s) could destroy the NJ GOP for a decade. Do you know roughly how many House members from NJ are Repubs? Could we take away some or all of those seats this year?

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Governor Chris Christie’s Expanding Scandals

    2014-01-30 12:47:28View | Delete

    Christie’s apparently having converted a well-respected, and extremely large and powerful, [Port Authority] agency into a clubhouse for trading political favors and ratf%$&ing is a huge part of the story, and one which I hope will be developed fully.

    New Yorker issue currently on newstands, dated January 27, has the story you want, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Kolbert is one of my favorite writers. She has been doing a fabulous series on global warming and/or climate weirding since at least 2005.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Dems Begin Triage Plans

    2014-01-30 12:28:40View | Delete

    But to be fair the GOP is on a path where they will defeat themselves.

    Quite correct, as far as nationwide or statewide elections are concerned. Our problem right now is the “safe” GOP seats in the House. The purpose of Howard’s 50-state strategy was to show the GOP (and the corporate Dems, which is why DNC hated Howard) that no seat is “safe.” There was a little coverage about two weeks ago saying that the GOP is now planning to run its own 50-state strategy. If the GOP can do it, so can the Dems. There is still time. I think someone should ask Harry Reid who he wants to see as chair of DNC.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Dems Begin Triage Plans

    2014-01-30 12:14:42View | Delete

    Yes. I also loved your reminding us of Howard’s 50-state strategy in yours @7.

    Can we get rid of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC Chair? She is charming but obviously not competent to deal with the current threat, if the OP is correct that DNC is engaged in “triage.”

    Is there enough time to resurrect a 50-state strategy in time for November? The primaries are probably too soon to plan for.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Dems Begin Triage Plans

    2014-01-30 12:11:19View | Delete

    I was in Ohio in 2004. Cleveland. Dems lost Ohio because the Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) Democratic Party were evil assholes (including many evil black party hacks) who refused to supply enough voting machines in the black precincts of Cleveland to allow black voters to cast their votes. Voters were lined up in the freezing rain outside Cleveland precincts for at least five hours after the polls were supposed to close. At least one court order was issued to force the precincts to allow any voter who was in line by the deadline to vote. Votes were cast up to midnight, and possibly even later.

    The principal blame for the loss of Ohio in 2004 lies on the heads of the incumbent Democratic county party hacks in Cleveland (and maybe Columbus) who refused to spend the necessary money far enough in advance to ensure all voters could vote on time. Also on Kerry for being such a rich douche-bag.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Chris Christie News Conference

    2014-01-09 11:39:32View | Delete

    I need to log off. This has been fun.

    fifth amendment does not allow witness to withhold documents. not sure those specific documents were actually produced by this witness, they may have been produced from the electronic databases/servers/backup tapes owned by the former employer of this witness (Port Authority). To the extent some of the emails and text messages came from this witness’s personal accounts, they may have been produced by the ISP or phone company to which this witness subscribes, rather than by the witness personally.

    Still not established who made the redactions (black ink coverups) or what the basis was for the redactions. At some point, the custodian which produced the documents will be obligated to identify the basis for the redactions.

    What I want is for all of us to get a look at all 2,000 pp. so we can crowd-source this clusterfrack.

    I’m out.

  • Fractal commented on the blog post Chris Christie News Conference

    2014-01-09 11:31:47View | Delete

    U.S. and state constitution override state statute.

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