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  • Marilyn Musgrave to Concede Any Week Now

    Hey, wasn't John McCain's Election Night concession speech classy? Some said it was his finest moment of the campaign and — at the very least — a tough act for other politicians to follow.

    And it seems no one feels stronger about that than Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), a double-digit loser on November 4th. Rather than hopelessly attempt to equal McCain, Musgrave has decided to let his words echo by refusing to concede herself

    Two weeks after the brutal loss, Musgrave still hasn’t called her opponent [Betsy Markey] to concede or to congratulate the victor, as is not only textbook but also mannerly to do.

    Now Musgrave lost by a good 11 points, despite the resonance of her platform, which consisted of the following policy points…

    * Gay marriage is the single most important issue we face in our country.

    * I'm the only Ken Salazar-certified Agent of Hate in the race.

    * My opponent, Betsy Markey, is headed to jail. No, don't vet that claim, just accept it as fact!

    * The Ku Klux Klan rewarded my gay-bashing with an endorsement.

    * Yeah, the economy, I know… but The Gays!!

    But now as Markey, the nation and her own staff wait for Musgrave to concede, another complication has emerged.

    Namely that Musgrave has disappeared…

    Though the Markey team doesn’t plan on stopping by Musgrave’s office while in town, eventually the two camps will have to touch base — just in terms of transitioning. But curiously, more rumors abound that no one has seen or talked to Musgrave since the brutal loss; she’s all but disappeared.

    Hmm. Call this a stretch, but it seems to me the last time an anti-gay Colorado demagogue quietly disappeared, it was discovered that he'd spent the time in a Denver hotel room, snorting meth and banging a gay prostitute. His name was Ted Haggard.

    But the comparison ends there. When he was inevitably booted from his megachurch, Haggard at least had the decency to concede.

    Tags: Colorado, John McCain, Ken Salazar, Ku Klux Klan, LGBT, Marilyn Musgrave, Ted Haggard
  • Alaskan Congressman Don Young Gets Off Way Too Easily

    Lost in the frenzy of news coming out of Alaska — namely that Ted Stevens lost and Sarah Palin is getting a better agent than Joe the Plumber– was the confirmation that the state's lone Congressman, Don Young (R), will be back for a 19th term

    The winner of the race for Alaska's sole House seat wasn't really in doubt after Election Day, when longtime incumbent Rep. Don Young led Democratic challenger Ethan Berkowitz by more than 16,000 votes.

    It still took Berkowitz until Tuesday afternoon, with the counting of nearly all the outstanding ballots, to concede defeat to Republican Young…

    Pollsters had counted Young out but they were wrong.

    Wonder why those pollsters were so down on Don Young?

    Could it have anything to do with the fact that…

    * He's raised/spent over $1 million in legal fees amid charges that he's tied up with the same oil company that Ted Stevens has been feloniously porking.

    * He used his jurisdiction as Alaska Congressman to steer $10 million to a fundraiser's construction project in Florida.

    * If he were any more tied to Jack Abramoff, he'd own an Indian casino.

    * Even the Club for Growth campaigned against him.

    * He swung a walrus penis bone at the former U.S. Fish and Wildlife director.

    * His wife is a tyrannical, computer-hating, pumpkin seed-devouring bitch.

    The list goes on, but I should probably let the FBI conclude their investigation against Young before commenting any further.

    Needless to say, if the G-Men decide to proceed with an arrest, they won't have a hard time finding Young.

    Whether they come searching tomorrow, next year or in 2022, he'll be in his Capitol Hill office — right where the people of Alaska want him.

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    Tags: Alaska, Don Young, FBI, House of Representatives, Jack Abramoff, Sarah Palin, Ted Stevens
  • God Slams Door in Sarah Palin's Face

    Sarah Palin was repeatedly asked in recent weeks if she'd consider running for an office beyond that of Alaska Governor. And much like Barack Obama on the topic of abortion, she deflected the question to God.

    As Palin famously told Greta Van Susteren

    "Putting my life in my creator's hands — this is what I always do. I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door.

    "Show me where the open door is. Even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don't let me miss an open door."

    Well when it comes to Ted Stevens' Senate seat, consider the door slammed, because Stevens lost yesterday, thus precluding a special election that could have featured Palin.

    God's message to Palin: Get back to work. Run your state, keep an eye on Putin, and set your sights on 2012 when, as we all know, the prestigious State House District 9 seat will be up for grabs.

    And thank Me for not giving you a shot at the U.S. Senate. Because while I, God, wouldn't slam any doors in your face on Capitol Hill, a justifiably bitter John McCain certainly would.

    Tags: Alaska, Greta Van Susteren, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Senate, Ted Stevens
  • Greta Van Susteren Loves Sarah Palin Almost as Much as ABC News Hates Women

    If we have learned one thing from the recent election cycle, it is that America hates women. If you don't believe me, consider these examples of rampant misogyny within our nation…

    * November 2006: 41% of Alaska votes against women for Governor.

    * August 2008: A bipartisan Alaska legislative council investigates whether women fired Public Safety Commisioner Walt Monegan to settle a personal score.

    * September 2008: Barack Obama calls women a pig.

    * September 2008: Katie Couric humiliates women on national TV with questions about Russia and newspapers.

    * November 4, 2008: 53% of the nation rejects women for higher office by voting for Barack Obama.

    Well there's more bad news for women. Someone hates them even more than America: ABC News.

    That's what Fox's Greta Van Susteren discovered during a recent viewing of ABC's This Week (don't tell Roger Ailes) which featured– gasp!– zero references to Sarah Palin

    I just watched ABC's show This Week and the guest is California Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger… he was just asked about the Republican Party's FUTURE and the Republican Governor's Association meeting this past week in Miami. ABC News then ran tape of Gov Pawlenty, Gov Jindal, Gov Barbour and Gov Crist. Who was invisible? Gov Palin… the woman Governor of the biggest state and recently on the ticket.

    Greta goes on — with grammar and syntax that aren't exactly helpful to the women's movement– at one point imploring her readers to "not read this blog as a pro-Palin blog entry but do read this as a pro-women blog entry."

    That isn't to say you can't find pro-Palin blog entries out there. In fact, here's one from Greta herself.

    And if you're more the TV type, you can always opt for her multi-part puff piece interview with the Governor, airing in a constant loop on Fox.

    Tags: ABC, Alaska, Barack Obama, Fox, Greta Van Susteren, Katie Couric, Sarah Palin
  • Ted Stevens Too Corrupt for the Party of Jack Abramoff

    Excerpt from the appointment calendar of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) for Tuesday, November 18…

    6:30: Rise at the crack of dawn.

    7:30-8:00: Fall further behind in Senate race against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

    9:30: Get expelled from Senate Republican Caucus.

    10:30-11:00: Surf the series of tubes.

    The first two are no surprise. Stevens spends nearly every day fending off attacks from angry interest groups like the Democratic Party and the Sun.

    It's Stevens' 9:30 appointment that's so troubling, because this time it's his own party that's after him

    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has been very public about his proposal to ask Senate Republicans, at a 9:30 meeting Tuesday morning, to formally vote on expelling Stevens from the Republican Conference, which would strip Stevens of all his committee seats, take away his seniority and essentially leave him without a party. Stevens would still be a senator, of course, but this conference expulsion would send a strong signal that expulsion from the Senate itself is a likely next step.

    The good news for Stevens is that Senators' votes are a lot like juries' verdicts: They don't count the first time, at least not in the case of Stevens.

    But what does it say when the party of Bob Ney, "Duke" Cunningham, Tom DeLay, Jim Gibbons, Vito Fossella and yes, Jack Abramoff believes that you're too corrupt to remain a member?

    The only thing that could make this worse for Stevens would be John McCain chiming in that he's also too old.

    Tags: Alaska, Jack Abramoff, Jim DeMint, John McCain, Mark Begich, Senate, Ted Stevens