Before a Bailout, National Unity government

So long as the Bush Administration remains in place, there's no presumption of good faith, making any bailout plan politically unpalatable.

The first order of business thus becomes impeachment and removal, with a saner Republican taking the reins as a caretaker until Obama takes office in January.

Constitutionally, the steps would be...

  1. Pelosi resigns as Speaker.

  2. Consensus caretaker elected Speaker, with Democratic support.

  3. Removal of Bush, Cheney

  4. Pelosi resumes Speakership.

I'd nominate veteran Wisconsin Rep. Tom Petri, who voted against the latest bailout plan, but is open to a more carefully negotiated replacement. For the last 15 years he's been one of the least partisan House Republicans, which cost him the Chairmanship of the Transportation Committee in the years of Republican control of that body.

Below, his Release on yesterday's bailout vote.

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Fiendish Feds Filched my Follicles

I flew United, Milwaukee>Ohare>Austin for the Netroots Nation bloggers convention last week.

Landing, 2 bags out of 66 passengers were not on the carousel, mine and agnostic's, another raucous Dailykos poster. We were told they'd been mistakenly sent to Scranton, would be delivered to out hotel around midnight. Actually arrived 4:00 the next afternoon, with 2 pieces of tape, one from TSA, and another from Homeland Security. Missing, my hairbrush, and Ms. Agnostic's scarf.

As I connect the dots, when our dossiers were run, an alert HSA drone noticed empty datafields for our DNA. No longer empty.Agnostic originated in Chicago, my bag was to have been transferred. A true accident wouldn't have plucked them both from different streams.

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Feingold's FISA Strategy

I'm as disappointed as the next that Obama's not jumped into the fray, but in the meantime, we've got a damn good one on the field in Russ Feingold, and instead of whining that your favorite quarterback's on the bench, let's get to work with the team we've got.

Russ' strategy here is more than a classic filibuster. The real fight comes before the cloture vote on the bill itself. Russ has announce that he plans to introduce 6 Amendments. If even one passes (or for that matter even Specter's) the Bill returns to the House. Only if the 2 Chambers pass identical legislation does it move to the President's desk. If we send a bill sufficiently not to his liking to draw a veto, that kicks the can further down the road. If this mess can be stalled through Labor Day, when the Congress breaks for campaign season, it's dead.

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FISA Call to ACTION: 4th of July Parades

With the Congress in recess, members typically return to their States and Districts for the Holidays. Many hit the Parade and Picnic circuits. We should be there.

Options include lining the route with signs, trying to march as contingents, cornering the Members for personal pleas, and, my favorite, cutting old tapes into 5 foot segments and using it as confetti, or 'tickertape.'

Please look on your Senators' and Reps websites and campaign pages, search local papers, etc. and list their holiday appearances as comments.

Also spread this call to action to other sites, especially local once you've identified times and places.

If you can't find your DC representatives' parade schedules, work your local one anyway.

Bring a printout of the FISA legislation, in case your Senator admits they haven't read it yet.


Facebook event page

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FISA and the politics of bundling

FISA coming up now was certainly not Obama's choosing. I don't think Pelosi let it come up specifically to screw with Obama, rather, a conflict of legitimate divergent interests. Most House members top priority is bringing federal money home. In some cases, it's the only interest.

The Iraq supplemental had hit an impasse. The Speaker imagined that as in Spring 2007, she could leverage Iraq funding for a chunk of dough for various domestic programs, this time the GI Bill, unemployment extension and flood relief. The Budget negotiation broke down as Bushco drove a wedge insisting the telco bailout be included in the package. Nancy had to go with it, you don't get between a Member and  the takehome in an election year. Obama's stuck with the same dilemma.

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Grand Theft Auto Kids mow down Soccer Moms

The demise of the Clinton campaign was sewn just after the 2004 election, when pollster Mark Penn sought to explain the Bush victory among so-called "values voters."

He found that uptight parents were less concerned with abortion than the idea of their kids watching "Sex in  the City,""pumped into their homes" which they'd never seen, and was then only on cable, and playing "violent videogames."

The next year, Senator Clinton held a press conference with Joe Lieberman and Republican Senators Santorum and Brownback, threatening the game industry with legal restrictiopns if they didn't "clean up their act."

Clinton allies introduced State Laws, with press releases claiming "86% of 16 year old boys play 'these' games."

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Wisconsin prediction, by CD

Clinton's appearances today are about salvaging specific delegates. In DePere now to fight for the closest CD, Steve Kagen's 8th. It's pledged delegates split 3-3, but Kagen's vowed to cast his SuperD vote for the District winner. In Madison tonight, she's trying to hold the split to 5-3.

Just got an Obama robocall. Smart, he emphasises mechanics of voting in this Madison youth ghetto neighborhood. (informs you can register at polls, bring Photo ID plus proof of address.)

Last night, only Obama ads oln Fox adult cartoons. All positive. The Iraq one especially good.

Weather: Quite cold, but dry. Ok for rural voters, who've got quality coldweather gear. Not so good for seniors. Advantage, Obama.  

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WI-Senate: Final field set Hotlist

Yesterday was the final day to file Nomination Papers in Wisconsin.

I qualified for  the Senate ballot with 2,178 valid signatures, and another 63 with correctable errors, against a requirement of 2,000.

Also making the ballot, Republican Attorney Robert Gerald Lorge, and the Green Party's Rae Vogeler.

Libertarian Dave Redick, who'd started his run as an anti-war Republican, but jumped after being dissed at their State Convention, apparently fell short in circulating papers, as he did not file.

Republican State Senator Glen Grothman provided the suspense, arriving at the State Elections Board just after filing closed. (cont)

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WI-Senate Update: GOP shakeout, Thompson out .

Big shakeout this week on the GOP side.

First, Dave Reddick quit the Republicans, and is now running as a Libertarian.

Another GOP candidate, mint farmer Marcus Gumz, my codefendant in a marathon Freedom of Assembly battle after I rented his farm for the Weedstock Festival in 2000, passed away Sunday. I'll be making the visitation Friday.

Tommy Thompson has finally announced he's definitely not running.

This leaves Atty. Robert Gerald Lorge unopposed for now. GOP insiders are begging the off-cycle State Senators to go thru the motions, not finding a taker. Even if they do, the populist Lorge could pull it out, as he did for the Secretary of State nomination over the handpicked candidate 4 years ago.

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Herb Kohl to skip cloture vote?

According to his Friday press release, U.S. Sen. Kohl: Kohl To Listen To Concerns About Medicare Drug Benefit At Monday Roundtable In Milwaukee, (issued after Frist's announcement of the schedule,) Herb will be hosting a Milwaukee event on Medicaid Part D. If this holds, he's effectively a vote against cloture.

Who: Senator Herb Kohl, seniors, individuals with disabilities, pharmacists, and advocacy groups  

What: Roundtable discussion on the challenges resulting from the implementation of Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit passed by Congress in 2003.  

When: Monday, January 30, 2006  9:30 a.m.  

Where:Wilson Park Senior Center
2601 W. Howard Ave
Milwaukee, WI

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