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Apparently Terrell Owens isn’t satisfying with just throwing his current QB under the bus, but all Quarterbacks he’s ever played with.  Oh, and for an encore, he tells us Jerry Rice was only the greatest football player to ever strap on the pads because he had great quarterbacks.

“I know hands-down I’d be close to Jerry Rice’s records if I had been with quality quarterbacks like he had. He had Joe Montana and he finished with Steve Young. That wasn’t a drop-off.

“Say I had been with a guy like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Drew Brees all of my career. Are you kidding me?”

Good to see T.O. has humbled so much with his year-long exile to Buffalo.

Polls are funny things

So after spending the week attacking Rasmussen, will lefty bloggers in WI now latch onto them since they appear to be the only pollster so far (Gallup did not) who caught a post-SOTU bounce for President Obama?

Yeah, I didn’t think so either.

Notice to Readers

1) After a year of being back, I’m getting bored with the current template, will probably be experimenting with a new one in coming days.

2) Don’t expect a lot of “Tommy vs. Russ” talk on the blog.  It’s not a statement on my level of support towards a possible Thompson candidacy or his ability to beat Feingold.  In actuality, I’m pretty sure that a possible Thompson campaign could raise a large amount of money with ease and make this one hell of a race to observe and comment on.

No, the reason I won’t talk a lot about a “Tommy vs. Russ” race is simply put, it’s not worth talking about a “Tommy-Russ” race until there actually a “Tommy-Russ” race.  This isn’t my first time at this rodeo and I’m not an ideologue who needs to sleep at night knowing the biggest fraud Wisconsin’s seen since “Fighting Bob” will be back in the Senate.

A Sign of Their Collapse

The Washington Times had an op-ed yesterday mentioning the crown jewel of assets owned by the UAW, the “Education Center” — try million-dollar 5-star resort — at Black Lake is up for sale.  Seems the automakers unions no longer has the money (from union dues) to maintain upkeep, which has topped $25 million over the past five years.

By the Logic of Jay Bullock…

I’ll do my traditional post on this fully when I have all numbers in front of me (waiting for Savard and Williams on the GOP side), but a quick glance at FEC reports show that combined, Trager, Ribble, Roth, and McCormick out-raised incumbent Steve Kagen in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional district.

So if I’m remembering my blog posts from 2005-2006, according to Jay Bullock, being out-raised by the opposing party; that means bad things for Kagen in November, right?

Cook Unloads on the “B-Plus”

Heck of a column in the National Journal by political handicapper Charlie Cook of the “Cook Political Report” writes the following at National Journal.

Congressional Democrats are hardly blameless on this, but it is the president who sets the agenda and largely runs the show. After his historic election to the presidency, Obama had a lot of political capital. But by opting to push a deeply flawed and insufficiently robust economic stimulus package, one that failed to keep unemployment from rising far higher than the administration expected, Obama committed his first presidential sin. Some observers argue that the $787 billion stimulus package was the biggest the president thought he could get. A far more persuasive argument is that he wanted to save his political capital for causes nearer and dearer to his heart. Making matters worse, the legislation lost credibility because Obama let the stimulus become a Christmas tree for all kinds of pet Democratic projects. Instead of being seen as a much-needed economic shot-in-the-arm, the package was widely viewed as wasteful spending.

The second presidential sin: Instead of immediately pivoting back to the economy when unemployment proved to be worse than anticipated, Obama plowed ahead with health care reform, all but yelling, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” That enraged voters still more.

The third presidential sin was failure to appreciate the intensely negative public reaction to the Troubled Asset Relief Program, initiated in the waning months of the Bush administration and carried through under Obama, and to the various bailouts and takeovers. In my judgment, these rescue operations were essential because our financial system was teetering on the verge of collapse. But many voters were horrified that the role and reach of government were suddenly expanding exponentially and deficits were skyrocketing. That response — combined with negative reactions to Democrats’ handling of the stimulus, health care, and climate change — triggered a revolt even among many Americans not already up in arms over the failure to pay more attention to jobs.

Because of his trio of sins, Obama’s job-approval ratings dropped more in his first year than those of any other president in recent times. With each of these sins, many congressional Democrats were at least enablers and often willing co-conspirators. Obama may have led them off a cliff, but they seemed determined to go along.

Now Democrats’ hold on the House is increasingly precarious. Technically, not enough Democratic seats are in extreme jeopardy for analysts to conclude that the party will lose the chamber. But if Democrats stay on their current downward trajectory, their majority will be history. The retirements that are likely to result from almost any deterioration in the House Democrats’ current situation would reduce their chances of maintaining control to 50-50.

For a guy both sides trust for clearheaded analysis of the American political environment, it’s a powerful indictment.

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County Coroner Races Aren’t What They Used to Be

(H/T Say Anything Blog)

Wonder if this guy will end up winning…

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Cartoon of the Day

Rest in Peace J.D. Salinger.

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Walker Hauls in $1.8M in Second Half of 2009

Very impressive, especially since the expected Democratic/Liberal answer will be, “Well, Barrett raised $750K in only six weeks!” becomes moot if you transpose those numbers over the entire period (Remember Doyle bowed out in August), Walker would still have out-raised Barrett.

UPDATE 5:00 CDT – (Yeah, that answer didn’t take long to come out.)

Republican candidate for governor Scott Walker says he had more than $2 million cash on hand heading into this election year.

Walker said Saturday that in the final six months of 2009 he raised $1.79 million.

Spending reports were due to the state on Monday.

Walker is being challenged for the Republican nomination by former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann.

Neumann loaned himself $1 million and raised about $230,000 over the same time period, leaving him with about $975,000 cash on hand.

On the Democratic side, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is running to replace Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, who is stepping down after two terms. Barrett has said that he raised $750,000 in the final two months of 2009 and had $1.5 million in the bank for his bid.

We won’t know campaign “burn rates” until full reports are released by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) sometime on Monday.  About the only thing to be certain about those is that the Neumann Campaign is burning its money faster than its coming in.

UPDATE 8:22 CDT – In the Walker Campaign’s release on this news, they report having over 18,500 donors and literally breaking GAB’s computer systems trying to upload it electronically.

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Excuse Me, But I Gotta Ask…

Having worked at the agency for 21-22 months, I just need to know…

…when did HUD get into the train business?

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Dear Lord, That Edwards Sex Tape is Real

From the Washington Post:

The sordid saga of John Edwards just got messier: The disgraced politician’s former mistress, Rielle Hunter, has taken legal action to retrieve a “very private and personal” videotape from former Edwards aide Andrew Young, according to court documents obtained by the Associated Press.

“In or about September 2006, using my video camera, I authored a personal video recording that depicted matters of a very private and personal nature,” Hunter wrote in an affidavit filed Thursday in North Carolina. “In 2006, I was also having an intimate relationship with Edwards.” Hunter says she tried to destroy the video a few months later — by pulling the tape out of the cassette — and stored it in a box with personal belongings.

In Young’s cringe-inducing campaign tell-all “The Politician,” in bookstores on Saturday, he claims to have found a damaged tape marked “special” in a box of trash while cleaning out a house he had rented for Hunter. After re-spooling the tape, he watched it . . . only to find Edwards and a “visibly pregnant” woman, who wore jewelry identical to things Hunter would typically wear, doing something explicit.

It remains unclear if Hunter’s 2006 tape is the same one that Young claims to have found. Young admits the pregnant woman’s face is never visible in the tape. Furthermore, Hunter gave birth to her and Edwards’s daughter, Frances Quinn, more than a year after she says her 2006 “private” video was made.

When court-ordered deputies went to Young’s home to recover Hunter’s items, Young’s attorney told them he could not immediately turn over the tape. Hunter has also filed a lawsuit against Young and his wife, seeking a jury trial and damages for invasion of privacy.

Edwards and his wife Elizabeth recently separated.

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2009: The Year in Review for Democrats

From the Senate Republican Conference.  I’ve been told bloggers in Wisconsin know their ‘Internet/Web Video Guy.”

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After all, It Only Fits the Template Right?

(H/T Instapundit)

Too hilarious from the left-wing website Salon.

The Jan. 25 article “Is the President Panicking” originally stated that Fox News led the charge against Bill Clinton in the ’94 midterm elections. Fox News did not come into being until 1996.

The story has been corrected. [Correction made 1/27/10]

Pity journalistic ethics when you an enemy to smite.

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