Strange endorsement

He’s right about a lot of things, but no doubt there are plenty of sour grapes as well.

A Republican stumps for a democratic majority:

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Mitt’s minority outreach

from The Carpetbagger Report:

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) was campaigning in Iowa over the weekend, and responded to the recent controversy over structural problems with the Big Dig highway project. Romney told an audience, “The best thing for me to do politically is stay away from the Big Dig — just get as far away from that tar baby as I possibly can.” Romney’s office later apologized. “The governor was describing a sticky situation,” said Eric Fehrnstrom, the governor’s spokesman. “He was unaware that some people find the term objectionable, and he’s sorry if anyone was offended.”

Welcome to the police state of America

This CANNOT succeed.

U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration, say legal experts reviewing an early version of the bill.

A 32-page draft measure is intended to authorize the Pentagon’s tribunal system, established shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks to detain and prosecute detainees captured in the war on terror. The tribunal system was thrown out last month by the Supreme Court.

Hat tip to BruinKid at Kos who observes:

Forget the Bill of Rights.  Forget due process.  Forget the courts of law.  Welcome to our own Guantanamo Bay, right here inside the United States.

Misdirection of resources

But what else would be expect from the Bush misadministration?

A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was dismissed from the U.S. Army under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, though he says he never told his superiors he was gay and his accuser was never identified.

Bleu Copas, 30, told The Associated Press he is gay, but said he was “outed” by a stream of anonymous e-mails to his superiors in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C….

An eight-month Army investigation culminated in Copas’ honorable discharge on Jan. 30 — less than four years after he enlisted, he said, out of a post-Sept. 11 sense of duty to his country.

Copas now carries the discharge papers, which mention his awards and citations, so he can document his military service for prospective employers. But the papers also give the reason for his dismissal. 

John Aravosis puts it succinctly:

After all, how important really is stopping the next September 11 when there are more important issues like gays to worry about. The Republicans are simply obsessed with cultural issues, to the expense of national security and every other problem facing this nation. In this case, they went so far as to blatantly violate their own Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, launching an eight-month investigation – eight months, folks – in order to catch this guy simply for being gay. That is simply an absurd waste of resources during war time.

We have yet to catch Osama bin Laden. We are convinced that we will be struck again. And the Bush administration is more interested in wasting time and resources going after gays. This is what the Republican party has become.

Stumbling into an agenda

Have the Democrats come up with something?

1. “Real Security at Home and Overseas” — phased redeployment in Iraq, send expanded Special Forces to get bin Laden, implement 9/11 Commission agenda

2. “Better American Jobs. Better Pay” — made congressional pay raise conditional on minimum wage increase, end tax breaks for companies that outsource

3. “College Access for All” — make college tuition “permanently” tax deductible, cut student loan interest rates, expand Pell Grants

4. “Energy Independence. Lower Gas Prices” — initiatives for energy-efficient technologies and alternative fuels, new laws against gas price gouging, end “tax giveaways to Big Oil”

5. “Affordable Health Care” — fix Medicare Part D, fund stem-cell research, negotiate lower prescription drug prices, end tax giveaways to drug companies and HMOs

6. “Retirement Security and Dignity” — beat back Social Security privatization (again), pension reform, expand personal savings incentives

Looks promising.  But can they deliver?