Hot mic catches Fiorina dissing Hannity: ‘Very bad choice’ to go on his show.

Think Progress

While waiting to be interviewed by Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV this morning, GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was caught by a hot mic taking a dig at Fox News host Sean Hannity. Fiorina criticized her friend Meg Whitman, the GOP gubernatorial candidate in California, for agreeing to go on Sean Hannity’s show the day after the primary elections:

I find it really surprising that on the first day of the general Meg Whitman is going on Sean Hannity. Did you hear that? I think it’s bizarre. I mean, she’s never been on Sean Hannity. I think it’s a very bad choice actually. You know how he is. … But why, after saying no to all these people, would you go on Sean Hannity? That’s not the one you would do. … Sean Hannity is not an easy interview, you know

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Fiorina is presumably observing that Whitman’s efforts to appeal to the general California electorate are going to be complicated by her appearance on the right-wing Fox News show. We can’t wait for Fiorina to explain how her dig at Hannity is simply a misinterpretation by the liberal media, and what she was actually trying to say is that Hannity is one of the best “journalists” on TV today.

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This Guy Just Doesn’t Get It

For the most part, “birthers” and the like have either toned down their rhetoric about President Obama being born in Kenya, or they have gone quietly into the night to regroup for 2012.  Either way, this guy, standing outside the White House is apparently “clueless.  Photographed by The New Republic’s   Ben Birnbaum in front of the White House.

H/t Oh For Goodness Sake!




GOP · GOP Agenda · Tea Party Fail

Bob Menendez:Tea parties are saddling the GOP with loser candidates

Dave Weigel – Washington Post

Nevada GOP U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle, who never courted the media the way Rand Paul did, has avoided her fellow “tea party” favorite’s mistakes, keeping fairly quiet since securing the nomination Tuesday. That hasn’t stopped Democrats from making Angle the star of their story about the 2010 elections — a saga of tea party activists saddling the GOP with candidates that even an angry electorate can’t possibly send to Washington.

“In the past few weeks Nevada became the latest battleground for the Republican civil war,” DSCC chairman Sen. Bob Menendez (R-Nev.) told me when I asked why the party was coming out of the gate by going after Angle’s less mainstream statements. “They’ve got a candidate, in Sharron Angle, whose social agenda might generate national headlines, but Nevadans can’t afford it. If you think about it, between her positions on wanting to phase out Social Security and Medicare, wanting to send nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain — those are totally out of the mainstream with Nevada voters. Harry Reid is very much in the mainstream, and Sharron Angle is appealing to the fringe of the Republican Party.”    Continue reading…


Super Duper Tuesday’s Top Three Super Surprises

Talking Points Memo:

Last night’s elections lacked any Dewey/Truman moments, but there were enough surprises to make it interesting.

Lincoln Defeats Halter
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) survived to fight the final round in the general election last night. But it wasn’t supposed to be that way. For days — in fact in the final hours of her runoff — Arkansas insiders expected Lincoln to lose, while supporters of Bill Halter were pre-emptively dancing in the end zones. Lincoln’s obituary was written. But both camps underestimated her ability to get out the vote, and she defeated Halter 52 to 48.

Inglis Comes In Distant Second, Faces Runoff
It’s looking increasingly likely that Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC), a six term incumbent, will lose his House seat. Inglis came in second in last night’s primary, taking 27% of the vote to county solicitor Trey Gowdy’s 39%. Gowdy attacked Inglis for not being conservative enough, panning him for voting against the Iraq War surge and ANWR drilling, and voting for the bailout. Inglis will have to erase that 12 point lead if he wants to win the runoff, scheduled for June 22 — just two weeks away.

Unemployed Vet With No Campaign Wins Dem Nod In SC
Alvin Greene’s campaign didn’t come with any bumper stickers, web sites, or debates. He had no contributions, hasn’t filed with the FEC and says he paid the $10,400 filing fee with his own money. But he won the Democratic primary for Senate in South Carolina against a judge, Vic Rawl, who’s served four terms in the state legislature and had $186,000 in his war chest. He will face Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) in November. The Dem party chair thinks voters chose alphabetically — which may say more about who the party put up for the race than it does about Greene.

POTUS Criticism · President Obama · Sarah Palin

Palin’s “Phoney, Call Me!” Offer

Shannyn Moore is an award winning broadcaster, political commentator, and blogger based in Anchorage, Alaska.    She can be heard on her daily talk radio show in Alaska on KUDO 1080AM Anchorage, KXLJ 1330AM Juneau and at http://www.kudo1080.com from 3pm-6pm EST.

Shannyn contributed a chapter to the 2009 book on Sarah Palin titled Going Rouge. Shannyn is a regular contributor to http://www.themudflats.net. Her website is http://www.shannynmoore.com.

Shannyn Moore – Huffington Post

Sarah has a new blog entry.

You’ll need a pair of chest waders and a barf bag to get through it.

Blasting the president for not taking control of a free-market corporation reveals frayed tea bag credentials:

These decisions and the resulting spill have shaken the public’s confidence in the ability to safely drill. Unless government appropriately regulates oil developments and holds oil executives accountable, the public will not trust them to drill, baby, drill. And we must! Or we will be even more beholden to, and controlled by, dangerous foreign regimes that supply much of our energy.

Foreign regimes like Canada and Mexico who deliver more oil to America than any other country? The best way to enter this country from North or South would be in an oil barrel. She goes on:

As the aforementioned article notes, BP’s operation in Alaska would hurt our state and waste public resources if allowed to continue. That’s why my administration created the Petroleum Systems Integrity Office (PSIO) when we saw proof of improper maintenance of oil infrastructure in our state. We had to verify. And that’s why we instituted new oversight and held BP and other oil companies financially accountable for poor maintenance practices. We knew we could partner with them to develop resources without pussyfooting around with them. As a CEO, it was my job to look out for the interests of Alaskans with the same intensity and action as the oil company CEOs looked out for the interests of their shareholders.

While Palin was governor, the largest onshore spill in Alaska history (210,000 gallons) went undetected for at least five days. Three BP gas and oil pipelines on Alaska’s North Slope clogged or ruptured between September 2008 and November 2009. All while Palin was preoccupied with shopping, campaigning, race baiting and getting a book deal.  Todd Palin worked for BP for 18 years.  BP had another spill in December 2009 when a pipeline, while being inspected, broke from its well housing.   Six acres of Alaskan tundra was contaminated.   The DOJ began an investigation.  The Alaska Attorney General, Talis Colberg, was too busy advising Todd Palin and other Palin aids to ignore subpoenas to notice. Just last month, the pipeline was closed down due to a spill that cost the state tens of millions of dollars.

BTW, you weren’t a CEO, you were a governor. Elected not hired. Quit not fired.

I learned firsthand the way these companies operate when I served as chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC). I ended up resigning in protest because my bosses (the Governor and his chief of staff at the time) wouldn’t support efforts to clean up the corruption involving improper conflicts of interest with energy companies that the state was supposed to be watching. (I wrote about this valuable learning experience in my book, “Going Rogue”.) I felt guilty taking home a big paycheck while being reduced to sitting on my thumbs – essentially rendered ineffective as a supervisor of a regulatory agency in charge of nearly 20% of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.

The reason Palin really quit was complicated. Corrupt? Oh, beyond belief. Palin hacking into a co-workers email account? Well, priceless. It got a bit uncomfortable around there. I never noticed Palin unwilling to take money for nothing. Paid for sleeping in her own bed, flying her kids around, clothes, etc. Good to see she’s gotten over that.

My experience (though, granted, I got the message loud and clear during the campaign that my executive experience managing the fastest growing community in the state, and then running the largest state in the union, was nothing compared to the experiences of a community organizer) showed me how government officials and oil execs could scratch each others’ backs to the detriment of the public, and it made me ill. I ran for Governor to fight such practices. So, as a former chief executive, I humbly offer this advice to the President: you must verify. That means you must meet with Hayward. Demand answers.

Considering the cozy relationship between Palin and Dick Cheney, I don’t want to think about back scratching. Sarah’s “executive experience” in her own hometown? She left it in massive debt-still losing the battle with meth. The largest state? That’s geography. Consider the “largest state in the union” didn’t give one red cent to SarahPAC in the first quarter of this year. We demanded answers. She quit.

In the interview today, the President said “I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”Please, sir, for the sake of the Gulf residents, reach out to experts who have experience holding oil companies accountable. I suggested a few weeks ago that you start with Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources, led by Commissioner Tom Irwin. Having worked with Tom and his DNR and AGIA team led by Marty Rutherford, I can vouch for their integrity and expertise in dealing with Big Oil and overseeing its developments.

One of the best things Palin did was hire Irwin and Rutherford. She didn’t put Pat Galvin on the list, but should have. I’ll vouch for them. See, they’re still working for Alaskans. Palin also failed to mention Rick Steiner and Riki Ott who have been invaluable to those suffering in the Gulf. Steiner had his funding pulled by the University of Alaska last year-the same week they cut the red ribbon on the new UAA Conoco Phillips “Science” Building.

We’ve all lived and worked through the Exxon-Valdez spill. They can help you. Give them a call. Or, what the heck, give me a call.

No. I lived and worked through the Spill. I smelled it every day, ruined more boots than I can count and if tears could clean crude off a baby otter, I would have saved every one of them. When Katie Couric asked what SCOTUS decision other than Roe v Wade weren’t to Palin’s liking, she COULDN’T REMEMBER the Exxon v Baker decision 3 months earlier!

If President Obama wants to look North for advice, I’d point him to the late Wally Hickel’s book Who Owns America? Hickel was Nixon’s Secretary of the Interior at the time of the Santa Barbara Spill in 1970. He pulled their leases for wasting a publicly owned resource. He dusted off the 1899 Refuse act for “teeth” to fight water polluting companies.

Hickel wrote: “That was law enough. All that was lacking was guys with guts. The laws are there. What is needed is the men–men with attitude.”

Wally knew how to kick ass after an oil spill. His fighting spirit and can-do attitude are missed now more than ever.

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Immigration · US Border Patrol

Border agent shoots and kills 14-year-old boy on US side of international bridge: report

Raw Story

“An emergency radio broadcast to El Paso police at 6:43 p.m. stated a Border Patrol agent had fired into a crowd of people.”

LATEST: Updated AP story: “Agents detaining suspected illegal immigrants Monday came under assault from rock throwers across the border in Mexico, FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons said.” National Border Patrol Council president T.J. Bonner tells Associated Press that rock throwing incidents are “deadly force encounters” which “justifies the use of deadly force.”

If oil and the mideast crisis weren’t enough, a new breaking report is sure to stir up feelings on the also-still-simmering immigration debate again.

The Associated Press reports, “A US Border Patrol agent shot and killed a 14-year-old boy after a confrontation at an international bridge near downtown El Paso, Mexican authorities said Tuesday.”

AP caption for photo: “Mexican federal police and forensic experts stand next to the body of 14 year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca, under the Paso Del Norte border bridge, as US officials watch from the US side at right, in Ciudad Juarez, northern Mexico, Monday, June 7, 2010. Chihuahua state officials released a statement Tuesday, June 8, demanding a full investigation into the death of the boy who was allegedly shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after a confrontation, according to Mexican authorities.”   Continue reading…