Blog Posts by Holly Bailey

  • Republican casts Pelosi as Wicked Witch in Oz-inspired ad

    pelosiHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have the safest Democratic seat in the country, representing most of the notoriously liberal city of San Francisco. But every two years, there's at least one Republican who tries to challenge her influence.

    This year, that challenge falls to John Dennis, a self-described entrepreneur from San Francisco. Polling in the race is virtually nonexistent, but it's safe to say Dennis has a tough fight on his hands, as Pelosi has handily won re-election in recent years with at least 80 percent of the vote.

    Still, like other underdog candidates we've seen so far this election cycle, Dennis is hoping to get some buzz via an outlandish attack ad. His recently released spot features  an over-the-top "Wizard of Oz" theme, casting Pelosi as the Wicked Witch of the West. And of course Dennis is shown subduing her by, yes, melting her with a bucket of water.

    You can watch the spot after the jump:

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  • Splitting with Boehner, McConnell pushes to renew all Bush tax cuts

    mcconnell boehnerJohn Boehner's apparent new conciliatory mood notwithstanding, not all Republicans on Capitol Hill are as willing to compromise on the so-called Bush tax cuts.  A day after the House GOP leader hinted he'd vote to extend tax cuts without a provision for the wealthiest Americans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced legislation Monday to continue all of the Bush-era tax cuts indefinitely.

    McConnell's strategy is based, in part, on the simple headcount in his Senate caucus. Few Senate Republicans are willing to consider passing just tax relief for the middle class — a compromise that President Obama has pushed over the last week. McConnell and his counterparts are looking to continue the tax cuts permanently, arguing Americans cannot afford to pay higher taxes at a time of economic peril. By introducing the bill, McConnell is trying to put pressure on Senate Democrats, some of whom have been openly concerned about the idea of raising taxes, even on the wealthy.

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  • Florida GOP considers Crist’s possible role in party fundraising scandal


    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist could be facing more fallout from his ties to a former state GOP chairman indicted in a party fundraising scandal.

    Over the weekend, the Republican Party of Florida announced that an internal audit of spending by former chairman Jim Greer suggests that Crist, too, may have run up "hundreds of thousands" of dollars in inappropriate charges. Greer, a close associate of Crist's, was indicted earlier in June on charges that he and a former deputy, Delmar Johnson, laundered more than $100,000 from state party coffers. Greer has denied any wrongdoing.

    But state GOP chairman John Thrasher tells the Miami Herald's Beth Reinhard and Adam C. Smith that the internal survey of expenditures indicates that Crist may have been the beneficiary of some of Greer's extravagant spending. Thrasher hinted the party may sue Crist to recover some of those funds. Yet Thrasher declined to release details of the audit or offer proof of his charges against Crist — prompting inevitable questions about whether politics is playing a role in the announcement.

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  • Nevada voters aren’t buying Reid’s attacks on Angle

    reidSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid has spent millions on TV ads attacking GOP opponent Sharron Angle as "extreme," but Nevada voters just don't seem to be buying it.

    The latest Las Vegas Review-Journal/Mason Dixon poll on the Senate race finds Reid leading Angle by just 2 points, 46 percent to 44 percent, well within the poll's margin of error, and 6 percent remain undecided — numbers that have been virtually unchanged all summer.

    The latest poll has plenty of bad news for Reid, who seems to be bearing the brunt of anger among voters over the state's dismal economy. Much as has been the trend in national polls, most voters in the state say they don't agree with Democrats' argument that a vote for a Republican this fall could mean a return to George W. Bush's policies.

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  • Boehner hints at compromise on Bush tax cuts


    Did John Boehner cave on the issue of the so-called Bush tax cuts?

    On CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, the House GOP leader suggested he would support a tax package that does not include an extension of cuts aimed at the wealthiest Americans if that were the only option on the table.

    "I want to do something for all Americans who pay taxes," Boehner said. "If the only option I have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, I'll vote for it ... if that's what we can get done, but I think that's bad policy. I don't think that's going to help our economy."

    That's a change from the all-or-nothing approach advocated by House and Senate Republicans for weeks. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said last month that he wouldn't support a tax cut package unless it included breaks for all Americans — a position that has been attacked by President Obama, who says the nation can't afford to give tax breaks to people who don't need it.

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  • Boehner’s ties to lobbyists under scrutiny

    boehnerWith polls showing that  the GOP has a shot at regaining control of Congress in November, John Boehner, the man who would be Speaker, is coming under increasing scrutiny, especially for his links to lobbyists.

    The New York Times fronts a Sunday piece looking at Boehner's "extremely tight ties" to lobbyists, who have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaigns over the years. In return, they have gotten good access to Boehner and his aides, who have helped business interests "advance their agenda," reporter Eric Lipton writes.

    But it's more than just fund-raising. Boehner is golfing buddies with several lobbyists, including those representing tobacco and financial industry interests. Between 2000 and 2007, Boehner flew at least 45 times on corporate jets provided by companies including R.J. Reynolds. (Under House ethics rules, Boehner reimbursed the companies for the cost of a first-class plane ticket. Lawmakers voted in 2007 to block cut-rate corporate jet rides.)

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  • Gingrich: Obama guided by ‘Kenyan, anti-Colonial’ worldview

    newtFormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich has come up with a sure-to-be-controversial new theory about President Obama, telling the conservative weekly National Review that that president may be driven by a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview.

    "What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?" Gingrich tells NR's Robert Costa. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior. This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president."

    Gingrich says he had the epiphany while reading a Forbes article by writer Dinesh D'Souza titled, "How Obama Thinks"—calling it the most "profound insight" he's read about Obama in the last six years.

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  • Obama economic adviser expects jobless rate to stay high

    goolsbeePresident Obama's chief economic adviser warned Sunday that the nation's dismal unemployment numbers aren't likely to improve anytime soon.

    Austan Goolsbee, appointed last week as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, told "Fox News Sunday' that the nearly tw0-year-old recession has "put us very deep in the whole."

    'It's going to be a long battle to get out of that," he said. "I don't think the unemployment rate will be coming down significantly in the near future."

    The nation's jobless rate is currently at 9.6 percent. When pressed, Goolsbee declined to say what that figure may be by year's end--but he did admit he doesn't expect it to decrease. "I don't want to get into specific forecasting," Goolsbee said. "It's clear the labor market is significantly weakened and has been for some time. We have to do everything we can to try to create jobs."

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  • Imam says moving mosque near Ground Zero will fuel terrorism

    raufThe imam of a planned mosque near New York's Ground Zero says he wouldn't have picked the spot had he known it would spark so much emotion and controversy. At the same time, however, he warned that a decision to move the planned Islamic center now would only embolden extremists.

    "I would never have done it. I'm a man of peace…The whole objective of peace work is not to do something that would provoke controversy," Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told ABC's "This Week." Asked if he will keep Park51 at its current location, Rauf replied, "The decisions that I make—that we will make—will be predicated on what is best for everybody."

    Still, Rauf expressed concerns about moving the site, telling ABC's Christiane Amanpour that the debate over the site had been "hijacked by the radicals" and that extremists on both sides feed off each other.

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  • Obama defends his handling of the economy, but admits recovery is ‘painfully slow’

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    With declining poll numbers and Democrats on the verge of losing control of Congress in November, President Obama went before reporters at the White House on Friday to defend his handling of the economy. And in a nod in the direction of the hard-fought midterm battles taking shape across the country, he repeatedly stressed that the economy's problems began under the GOP watch well before he took office.

    Still, the president acknowledged his administration's efforts haven't provided the boost he had hoped for, calling economic progress "painfully slow."

    "We aren't there yet," Obama said repeatedly during the roughly 80-minute news conference. "It's understandable that people are asking, 'What have you done?' [But] the policies we have put into place have moved us in the right direction."

    Echoing recent speeches, Obama tried to instead frame the upcoming election as a choice between Democrats' efforts to "move forward" and Republican obstructionism. He contended that GOP candidates are pushing "the exact policies" that led the nation into economic strife. If the election is a "referendum" on progress, Obama acknowledged, his party could face stiff losses in November. "If the election is about the policies that are going to move us forward versus the policies that are going to get us back in a mess, then Democrats will do very well," he said.

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