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June 23, 2006


I see those results and they tell me what I, as a long-time Dem Know, my party has great difficulty winning major elections with overly liberal candidates on the ticket. If McCaskill CANNOT beat Jim Talent in this elction cycle, she is done, and my party is done until we learn to start fielding more moderate candidates.

Little Miss Chatterbox

Awesome news for Missouri!!! I'll be linking to this on my blog!!

ryan tull

So if you believe in science and protecting the most vulnerable among us (medicaid and fines against companies that hire illegals (something Talent is against) then you're too liberal...God help us...Missoura's in trouble, big trouble...hello Toronto for me.
-Ryan Tull, KCMO

The Zipper

Missouri is one of the few states where this scumbag has a good chance of getting re-elected

Ed Friedemann

If you believe what you read in The Wall Street Journal, where Lieberman, Krauthammer etc. and any other "Project for the New American Century" { PNAC } or the Ruling-Class of Zionist-Israel has the run of the Paper, the line will aways be the same. So far to the right, they ought to go goosestepping their way to lunch.

I wouldn't want to be standing at the plate, while "their boy" was pitching and "one of them" was Umpire behind the plate. Short of being hit in the head, it would be a called strike. Catch my drift?

the voice of reason

Hey Ryan Tull, I'll be looking for your ostcard from Toronto.

Ed Friedmann - great analysis, yawn - zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

the voice of reason

Hey Ryan Tull, I'll be looking for your postcard from Toronto.

Ed Friedmann - great analysis, yawn - zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Ed Friedemann

I heard you the first time. Rub you the wrong way? Good.

Ed Friedemann

I heard you the first time. Rub you the wrong way? Good.


Interesting. A new KMOV/St. Louis Post-Dispatch poll has McCaskill up by 6.

Political Moderate

During the period Jim Talent has served in Washington, he has demonstrated only one clear fact: he does not represent Missourians.
By that I mean the average citizen who isn't wealthy. The average citizen who is struggling to pay for health insurance to protect their family. The average citizen who has seen too many lay-offs and has worried every day about having a job tomorrow. The average citizen who wants their kids to go to college but has to first figure out how to budget money to feed them. The average citizen who is frightened that when they get old there will not be money available for them to have prescription drugs, decent nursing care, or even a simple roof over their heads. The average citizen who in the face of all of this has seen the federal deficit increase at an alarming rate and knows that it is upon their backs to pay off this debt. The average citizen who watches as Jim Talent supports tax cuts that benefit the rich knowing it hurts the middle class.
Am I disappointed in the polls that show Talent ahead? Yes. I am an average citizen.


Is claire depserate to be more than the state Auditor? If she looses this one will she finally accept her role in public office? I admit it must be heart breaking for her to learn that Missouri does not want you in any higher office than you hold now. Maybe she should move to Tennesee?

Ed Friedemann


You forgot gasoline.


If the poll proves correct come November then maybe good guys can win. I'm proud that Jim is representing Missouri. We need more senators like him who have morals and convictions. Go Jim Go!

Ed Friedemann

Here is what is hurting McCaskill: U.S. Troops Achieve Major Victory. She is dancing to his weakest spot. The American People want the troops home now, but can be lead to add some time.

By going after employers for illegals, instead of "bring the troops home now," she hurting herself. There is no separation with Bush on his most vulnerable issue, so there's the problem and the 5 point spread. And there is no progress in Iraq, that's all smoke and mirrors, courtesy of Karl Rove. She is giving a winnable election away.

"June 08, 2006"
"ST. LOUIS -- Today, reports from Iraq confirmed that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in an air strike on his safe house about 30 miles outside of Baghdad. U.S. Senate Candidate Claire McCaskill offered the following statement:"

"I'm proud of the U.S. military. I am glad they have killed a major terrorist in Iraq. We all remain hopeful that the Iraqi people can move toward protecting their own country; unfortunately, we still have a long way to go."


Political Moderate

I think Ed is exactly right about Ms. McCaskill's stance on Iraq. I don't know for certain, but I'm pretty sure there aren't many Missourians who figure Jim Talent capable of doing much, either way, to effect a positive solution in that conflict. Unfortunately, Jim isn't that bright.
I'd like to see her focus on the issues effecting everyday citizens throughout this State.
Ed was right when he pointed out the failure of Jim Talent to address the energy issues in America. We all suffer a terrible tax at the gasoline pump that comes from people like Jim Talent who failed to grasp the issues years ago.
We also are seeing how crime is on the rise in this country.
I wish Ms. McCaskill would address the reality that too many Missourians are prisoners in their own home. Afraid to let their children play in the parks or walk the streets. Jim Talent could have addressed this problem but hasn't.
I also wish Ms. McCaskill would address the No Child Left Behind Act. Jim Talent was so proud of his role in passing this legislation. Yet the latest evaluation demonstrates this plan hasn't accomplished anything toward improving the education of the disadvantaged student in the public classroom. Why? Because Jim Talent joined his peers in failing to properly fund this legislation. It doesn't take a smart person to understand we have some great people in our education system, working hard to give our kids the best they can, but realizing they can't accomplish the goals without money.
Why doesn't Jim Talent see the issue of gasoline and what it is doing to Missourians?
Why doesn't Jim Talent see the effect of crime on our communities?
Why doesn't Jim Talent see the need to invest in our children's education if they are to successfully compete in the global economy of tomorrow?
I don't understand much about why Jim Talent has fiddled away his time in Washington while Missourians are hurting.

Ed Friedemann

Political Moderate

Remember, that if you don't get elected you can't do anything. This is not the time to be showing-off Liberal credentials in the "MO.".... Is she smart enough to take directions?.... "Now that I've had the chance to see the true data coming out of Iraq, frankly I'm shocked about how many lies, I thought were true. I based my position on Iraq based on the information being offered by this Bush administration, and again how could they allow this to country and let this happen to our soldiers and place America right in the gun-sights of a deserved retaliation. Under these awful circumstances, I want our soldiers home today. Bush has no moral right to do this. Etc.


Once again, the Democrats are going to blow it. Mr. Talent is absolutely vulnerable, however, the Dems just don't know what to do in a socially conservative state that has a long, long, long history of electing Democrats. That was up until about 12 years ago.
Look to Pennsylvania, a pro life Democrat is beating the 2 term incumbant by 18% in the latest poll.
Quick Dems, change your stance on a few issues,(social issues) and define your beliefs before your opponent does it for you.


Well it doesn't seem to me that you are pumping up your candidate of choice very well by ranking on the State she's running in, or threatening to emmigrate.
As far as energy policy goes I don't think she stands a chance running on that, she belongs to the party that won't let us drill in ANWR, won't let us drill off-coast while Castro is, won't let us build new refineries, won't let us build new nuclear energy plants, won't let us complete safe storage for spent nuclear fuel, opposes big business like ADM who makes ethanol... I could go on but you get the general idea. Her best bet is immigration and education if she wants to make it a race.

Old Drum

I sure wish I understood the Republican fetish with ANWR. Please let us know how it solves the energy problem we have now.

I think we can all, whether pro-Iraq war or anti-Iraq war, agree that huge amounts of money have been wasted. Where are the Repubicans to call for investigations on this? Is Duke Cunningham only the surface.

Where is Talent on this issue?

"Stay the course" in Iraq is not a policy. For anyone who thinks we are making progress, I sure would like to know what evidence they have. There is a curfew in Baghdad now. There is less electricity, less oil, and look at all the abductions. Those are not the actions of jihadists. There is a civil war going on in Iraq and our troops are powerless to do anything about it.

Political Moderate

The really encouraging thing is we are elevating this campaign to discuss "important" issues that have significance to average Missourians. Thanos, Sir Duck and Ed...I enjoy reading blogs that indicate you are thinking about the things that matter to Missourians. Ed, I share your angst and your anger about Iraq. Unfortunately, I don't think Ms. McCaskill's message resonates in the Churches and the Pool Halls of Missouri. She can't win that debate.
I earnestly believe if she wants to win this election, she must provide clear and specific plans to address the things that give so many in this state pain. Jim Talent hasn't given us any solutions. He hasn't given us any relief. He hasn't given us hope.
I believe the message that Ms. McCaskill must provide is one of encouragement, possibility, and progress. I believe we hunger, as a state, for a Senator who cares about us and is willing to provide us with hope for the years ahead.
I believe that person can be Claire McCaskill.

Sir Duck

My Iraq War rant. This week John Kerry did serious damage to the Democratic Party in his efforts to move to the left of Hillary. As a consequence, he has put in jeopardy Democratic gains in both the house and senate. Especially in areas like Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri where the U.S. Soldier is held in high esteem and also where Republicans arent so popular as they once were.
Currently the Dems are the party of no power. When they speak, it is with the permission of the Republicans. This entire week in Congress was sculpted by Karl Rove and Kerry walked head first into the trap. The Republicans now have the little catch phrase of "cut and run" and this phrase sticks in the minds of many in the midwest.
The only effective measure the Dems have pulled off was when they did not contribute in the Social Security debate. They left it Bush to sell it strictly on its merits and the Republicans where not able to create an enemy in the debate and therefore the Dems prevailed. To bad Kerry didn't pay attention.
The Iraq war has been an unmitigated disaster. If the Republicans manage to hold serve in the '06 elections, the Dems need to be put out of their misery.
The War on Terrorism has nothing to do with Iraq. The war on terror was started to elimate those people who kill others in the name of religion. Sadamm was certainly bad, but that kind of terror wasn't his game. Iraq is nation building. Which should be done through the UN or the Iraqi people, not the U.S. Military or our treasury. Yet the Dems cannot seem to counter stupid little catch phrase like stay the course or cut and run. They better get on the same page, let the Republicans talk and then ask the american people if they like what they see after 4 years of total Republican leadership.

Ed Friedemann

Inflammatory terms such as "terror" "terrorist" "Terrorism" "jihadists" " Islamic Extremist" "Insurgency" "Militants" "Gunman" " Suicide bombers" "al-Qaida" "Links to terrorism" "Islamic jihad" "Foreign Fighters," Serve only as distractions for the actual reasons The United States is in Iraq.

The "war on terror" is scam to help hide the fact that 9/11 was a retaliatory strike on the United States for financing Israelis to kill Arabs. Read the 9/11 Report.

Cheney has used the so-called "war on terror" as a vehicle to subvert the constitutional government of America, and give himself, through Bush, powers well beyond the intent of the constitution, and equal to that of a dictatorship.

It has become imperative to gain control of, and wrest powers away from the Cheney/Bush administration and congress.

By stopping the "war" in Iraq dead in its tracks, plans of world conquest will stop, unable to continue. If not, the Middle East will likely go up in smoke, and break the back of the United States economy, creating jobless chaos.

Ed Friedemann

From start to finish, this should help you to understand how we arrived where we are now. Although some of the key essentials have been omitted, the basics of Cheney and Rumsfeld's rise to power are covered. Notice there is no mention of the "Project for the New American Century" which is Cheney and Rumsfeld's master plan, starting with Iraq.

"Amid revelations about faulty prewar intelligence and a scandal surrounding the indictment of the vice president's chief of staff and presidential adviser, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to investigate the internal war that was waged between the intelligence community and Richard Bruce Cheney, the most powerful vice president in the nation's history."

"The Project for the New American Century is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world; and that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle."

"The Project for the New American Century intends, through issue briefs, research papers, advocacy journalism, conferences, and seminars, to explain what American world leadership entails. It will also strive to rally support for a vigorous and principled policy of American international involvement and to stimulate useful public debate on foreign and defense policy and America's role in the world."

Note: They seemed to have left-out the part about converting America into a dictatorship.

Political Moderate

The war in Iraq will be remembered by historians as one of the most troubling periods in our history. Unfortunately, this will give little comfort to those brave men and women who bravely fought there. Nor will it excuse the suffering of the families of those who perished there.
I want Claire McCaskil to win this election so she can be a vote of reason with regard to this war.
However, I don't think she can win the election by focussing on the war.
Immigration is an area that Jim Talent is vulnerable. Claire is exactly right by offering workable solutions to this problem. She is focussed on making certain our government goes back to the pre-Bush strategy of punishing the employers of the illegal aliens.
Nearly 950 business owners were fined for hiring illegal workers during the Clinton years. Under the Bush administration, only three (3) have been held accountable.
Did the business commuity change? Doubtful.
The change was this administration (Bush) decided to not prosecute this issue. Jim Talent could have stood up to the Bush people, but like so many times he failed to meet his responsibilities.
Jim Talent does not deserve to return to Washington for another term. He has squandered his opportunity and needs to be thrown out of office.
Claire McCaskill offers us the opportunity to have fresh ideas and a record of decisive action in support of average Missourians. She makes sense when she speaks and her strong voice needs to be heard in Washington.
She will stand up to Karl Rove and the members of the administration of George Bush who have brought us death, despair, economic crisis, and so on. These are indeed dangerous people but Claire McCaskill will prevail through her intelligence, hard work, honesty, and ethics.

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