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  • Senator LOLCAT Can Haz Committee Chair?

    Are you tired of the same old Washington insiders who promise hope, change and a better economy and then bow to special interest groups the minute they set foot on Capitol Hill? Then you'll probably be interested in this frisky new senate candidate from Virginia.

    Hank the cat

    He may look like a standard house cat, but according to his campaign materials, Hank is more than just a cat. He's a visionary

    A 9-year-old street cat, from Springfield, with a Web site, a Facebook page, a Twitter handle, and campaign advertisement, to be precise. His Senate run is founded on the issue of job creation.

    Hank, a cat from Springfield, Va., is running for U.S. Senate against Tim Kaine and George Allen. Hank announced his candidacy earlier this month, and his promotional materials describe him as "a proud Independent" with "real world experience, a unique point of view, and limitless energy"…

    The feline is vying for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. James Webb (D) this year…[George] Allen and [Tim] Kaine, former governors of Virginia, are the front-runners in what has so far been a contentious race.

    Webb and Allen promise to bring jobs to Virginia, but who better to create shovel-ready jobs than a cat who needs his litter box shoveled out every other day? In addition to scooping, Hank will need workers to buy his Meow Mix, refresh his water bowl and scratch his fluffy tummy.

    After all we've dealt with so far this election season, it's nice to finally find a politician who understands how to properly care for a pussy.

    Tags: Animals, George Allen, Jim Webb, Senate, Tim Kaine, Unemployment, Virginia
  • DNC Chair Tim Kaine Running for U.S. Senate

    Tim Kaine is just a regular normal ol' boring former governor and current chairman of the DNC type guy who likes plaid shirts, gingerly-plucked guitar music and running for U.S. Senate…

    It's not gonna be easy for Kaine. He's going up a guy a regular normal ol' boring former senator from Virginia who likes colorful names for minorities and hanging out with white supremacists. Only time will tell with whom voters feel a closer kinship.

    Tags: Democrats, DNC, Jim Webb, Senate, Tim Kaine, Virginia
  • Democratic Sen. Jim Webb Announces Intentions to Escape from U.S. Senate

    Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) — who has been incarcerated in the upper house of the bicameral U.S. legislative branch of federal government since becoming ensnared in an election by the people of Virginia only six years ago — appears to have spied a small hole in Capitol Hill's security system and has decided to make a run for his life

    Senator Jim Webb, Democrat of Virginia, has decided not to run for re-election, avoiding a blockbuster rematch with the man he beat in 2006, George Allen, and giving Senate Republicans another opportunity to help them reclaim the majority.

    In a statement, Mr. Webb said that he had "decided to return to the private sector, where I have spent most of my professional life, and will not seek re-election in 2012."

    The announcement will be a huge disappointment to Democrats and a blow to President Obama and Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who had urged the freshman senator to run again.

    I can understand why Obama and Kaine would be sad to lose such young, fresh meat, but I'm all in favor of people escaping from oppressive and soul-crushing institutions while they still have some of their humanity.

    Just look at Joe Lieberman. He was almost the Vice-President of the United States at one point, and take note of what a few more terms in the Senate did to him. Sure, he's getting out now, but the damage has been done. Do you really think he's going to make it in the outside world? Not a chance. He's completely institutionalized.

    Or look at John McCain. No, on second thought, don't look at John McCain. What happened to him, it's too disturbing.

    Tags: George Allen, Jim Webb, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, Senate, Tim Kaine, Virginia
  • That "Macaca" Guy Wants His Senate Seat Back

    It may be hard to fathom this at the moment, but there's actually more to former Sen. George Allen than just confederate flag bumper stickers, photo ops with white supremacists and severed deer heads shoved into mailboxes. Oh, yes, there is. There is also a heap of unrealized presidential dreams.

    There was a time when he was actually spoken of by real life journalists as an genuine front runner for the '08 GOP nominations. All he had to do to secure his prominent spot on the dais was hold onto senate seat in '06. Which should have been easy for a good-looking, broad-shouldered popular guy such as Allen. Except that then his mouth opened up and expelled the word "macaca" onto us. And everything went downhill from there.

    But, hey, that was three whole election cycles ago. We have since acquired (and lost) a female Speaker of the House, elected a black man into the White House and had a nationwide Tea Party. The board is cleared, and the time might just be right for George Allen's triumphant comeback

    George Allen lost his Virginia Senate seat and his presidential aspirations in 2006 to a no-name in combat boots, and he's decided he'd like one or both back. Allen, a former governor narrowly ousted by Jim Webb after his infamous "macaca" moment was picked up on tape, announced [yesterday]  that he'll run for Webb's seat in 2012.

    "Friends, it’s time for an American comeback," he said in a message on his website, adding that 2012 would decide whether "the American dream will continue to decline or begin to ascend again."

    It's kind of weird to consider an alternative universe in which this guy would spend 2012 defending his seat in the White House instead of fighting for his old seat back in the Senate. Interestingly, there's also probably an alternative universe in which he is currently married to Oprah Winfrey. (That, admittedly, is a pretty weird universe.)

    Tags: George Allen, Jim Webb, Racism, Scandalgate, Senate, Virginia
  • Colbert Interviews Senator Jim Webb and General David Petraeus

    Last night wrapped up The Colbert Report's two-part series, Been There Won That: The Returnification of the Ameri-Can-Do Troopscape. The show's audience was comprised completely of veterans, and Stephen's guests included Virginia Senator Jim Webb and General David Petraeus. And, as if it wasn't already eerily reminiscent of my wedding night, there was a sexy dancing hotdog.

    Stephen's interview with General Petraeus can be found below.

    The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30pm / 10:30c.

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    Tags: Afghanistan, David Petraeus, Iraq, Jim Webb, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Veterans, Video