Gallup: Maryland Democrats Breaking 50%

Great news from
Gallup today. This is likely voters, MoE +/- 5.


Cardin (D) 54
Steele (R) 39


O'Malley (D) 53
Ehrlich (R) 41

Numbers these good coming from someone other than Zogby is great. Not to mention, the Foley disaster hadn't really broken when this poll was taken. We can expect further gains for Democratic candidates from that, imho.


Maryland Senate Candidates Debate TONIGHT

This should be interesting. Steele may actually have to talk about policy. Zeese will effectively play the uber-liberal thorn in Cardin's side. Even though he is apparently representing the Libertarian party, I doubt we will see any digs about Mr. Steele's policies not being "conservative enough". Oh well.

Press info can be found here.

It should be on MPT tonight, 7-9 pm.

UPDATE: This was not on televison. This makes me wonder how this debate actually helped any voters decide anything. There were at least three public TV stations showing nothing of interest last night. Yeah, I can probably find a transcript, but still, why not televise this debate? Totally worthless.

Republicans Attempt to Play the PC Game, Fail Miserably

The Conservative Media Machine is now trying to absolve house Republicans of guilt over Predatorgate using the LAMEST excuse ever, both in substance and execution.

Republicans refused to blow the whistle on a Pedophile (and yes, requesting a naked picture of a child, makes you a PEDOPHILE) because they thought they would offend gays!

They must be insane. First of all, this just illustrates the antiquated bigotry of Republicans towards homosexuals. See, Republicans still exist in 1950’s America where to them, gay = pedophile. Sadly, they haven’t joined the majority of Americans who can separate a person’s Sexual Orientation from their possible criminal intent. NEWSFLASH TO REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP: Being gay has nothing to do with being a pedophile.

This SAD attempt to hide behind Political Correctness is not only destined to fail (basically, Americans WILL NOT make the connection between homosexuality and pedophilia, not in the days of Queer Eye, George Takei, and Rock Hudson), but it is destined to offend the millions of people who find the relation of perfectly legal and accepted homosexuality to illegal, unacceptable pedophilia disgusting and unconvincing.

Not to mention, Republicans could care less about offending gay people. Give me a break, this is just insulting.

UPDATE: Even the folks at Redstate are off base on this issue, and I normally see them as the more level headed conservatives out there. Check out this comment on the open thread:

Rove plays the Foley Card by Tbone
So much for "Woodwards Words of Wisdom" and other news headline stuff. The Dims will spend the next two weeks running against part of their own base, gay pedophiles.

Envisioning when all that is Left is the Right.

(Emphasis in bold, mine)

Homophobes cannot make the sensible distinction made by the majority of people in the USA. They still can't understand the difference between a legal, consentual, most times monogamous love relationship which GLBTG people all over American engage in every day, and the relationship between Foley and his underage pages. Foley was involved in ILLEGAL, DISGUSTING, NONCONSENTUAL, NONMONOGAMOUS relationships with several pages.

Mr. Foley in no way represents members of the GLBTG community, and the continued Republican push to say otherwise is flat wrong.

Where is the gay community outrage at this Republican smear tactic? Where are the Democrats standing up for the law abiding homosexuals who are being defamed by Repubican Leadership and the noise machine? Hopefully they get their act together soon.


Wating for a response

I emailed Rep. Bartlett and Rep. Gilchrest and asked them what they knew about Foley. Maybe I will hear back within the week, but I doubt they will be solid answers. Both of these guys are Republicans, and I don't support them. However, they did vote against torture, so they do have some sort of moral backbone. Lets hope they do the right thing.

If they were not involved, they should take the lead in asking for an independent investigation.

If they were involved, they need to resign.

Either way, it should be interesting. I call on other MD bloggers to contact these Republican Reps. and ask for them to come clean. Lets hope our MD Republican house members are above this sort of thing, but if they are not, it is time for a change more than ever.

Conservatives Call on Hastert, other Coverup-Republicans, to Resign

One being Mike Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan. Mike Reagan was a victim of childhood sexual abuse by a camp counselor at age 9.

Lets hope House Republicans are listening closely to Mr. Reagan's good advice. If Hastert doesn't resign, the house goes Democratic, no doubt. Hell, maybe even the senate.

Bush White House: Rampant Sexual Abuse = "simply naughty emails"

EW! EWWWWWW! Seriously, so freaking gross!

This is what Republican Mark Foley talked about with a 16 year old boy (CAUTION: SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONTENT BELOW):

Maf54 (7:53:24 PM): on your back

Xxxxxxxxx (7:53:30 PM): no face down

Maf54 (7:53:32 PM): love details

Xxxxxxxxx (7:53:34 PM): lol

Xxxxxxxxx (7:53:36 PM): i see that

Xxxxxxxxx (7:53:37 PM): lol

Maf54 (7:53:39 PM): really

Maf54 (7:53:54 PM): do you really do it face down

Xxxxxxxxx (7:54:03 PM): ya

Maf54 (7:54:13 PM): kneeling

Xxxxxxxxx (7:54:31 PM): well i dont use my hand…i use the bed itself

Maf54 (7:54:31 PM): where do you unload it

Xxxxxxxxx (7:54:36 PM): towel

Maf54 (7:54:43 PM): really

Maf54 (7:55:02 PM): completely naked?

Xxxxxxxxx (7:55:12 PM): well ya

Maf54 (7:55:21 PM): very nice

Xxxxxxxxx (7:55:24 PM): lol

Maf54 (7:55:51 PM): cute butt bouncing in the air


Maf54 (7:57:45 PM): where do you throw the towel

Xxxxxxxxx (7:57:48 PM): but you cant work it too hard….or its not good

Xxxxxxxxx (7:57:51 PM): in the laundry

Maf54 (7:58:16 PM): just kinda slow rubbing

Xxxxxxxxx (7:58:23 PM): ya….

Xxxxxxxxx (7:58:32 PM): or youll rub yourslef raw

Maf54 (7:58:37 PM): well I have aa totally stiff wood now

Maf54 (7:58:59 PM): but it must feel great spirting on the towel

Xxxxxxxxx (7:59:06 PM): ya

Maf54 (7:59:29 PM): wow

Maf54 (7:59:48 PM): is your little guy limp…or growing

Xxxxxxxxx (7:59:54 PM): eh growing

Maf54 (8:00:00 PM): hmm

Maf54 (8:00:12 PM): so you got a stiff one now

Xxxxxxxxx (8:00:19 PM): not that fast

Xxxxxxxxx (8:00:20 PM): hey

Xxxxxxxxx (8:00:32 PM): so you have a fetich

Maf54 (8:00:32 PM): hey what

Xxxxxxxxx (8:00:40 PM): fetish**

Maf54 (8:00:43 PM): like

Maf54 (8:00:53 PM): i like steamroom

Maf54 (8:01:04 PM): whats yours

Xxxxxxxxx (8:01:09 PM): its kinda weird

Xxxxxxxxx (8:01:14 PM): lol

Maf54 (8:01:21 PM): i am hard as a rock..so tell me when your reaches rock

Xxxxxxxxx (8:01:23 PM): i have a cast fetish

Maf54 (8:01:27 PM): well tell me

Maf54 (8:01:32 PM): cast

Xxxxxxxxx (8:01:44 PM): ya like…plaster cast

Maf54 (8:01:49 PM): ok..so what happens

Maf54 (8:01:58 PM): how does that turn you in


Maf54 (8:03:47 PM): what you wearing

Xxxxxxxxx (8:04:04 PM): normal clothes

Xxxxxxxxx (8:04:09 PM): tshirt and shorts

Maf54 (8:04:17 PM): um so a big buldge

Xxxxxxxxx (8:04:35 PM): ya

Maf54 (8:04:45 PM): um

Maf54 (8:04:58 PM): love to slip them off of you

Xxxxxxxxx (8:05:08 PM): haha

Maf54 (8:05:53 PM): and gram the one eyed snake

Maf54 (8:06:13 PM): grab

Xxxxxxxxx (8:06:53 PM): not tonight…dont get to excited

Maf54 (8:07:12 PM): well your hard

Xxxxxxxxx (8:07:45 PM): that is true

Maf54 (8:08:03 PM): and a little horny

Maf54 is Rep. Foley. EWWWWWWW! This is certainly more than a "naughty email." This is sexual harassment and abuse.

What does the morally upstanding whitehouse have to say?

SNOW: I hate to tell you, but it’s not always pretty up there on Capitol Hill. And there have been other scandals, as you know, that have been more than simply naughty e-mails.

What else is there to say? The Bush White house doesn't give a shit about the co-chair of congressional committee to protect children is sexual deviant attracted to minors.

Oh yeah, I know what to say. EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

UPDATE: Snow revises his comments. Apparently, he said a bunch of strong words, so golly, that means the Whitehouse and Republicans were NEVER trying to downplay FOLEYGATE.

Q I wanted to return to Tom's first question. What you said exactly was, "There have been other scandals, as you know, that have been more than simply naughty emails." And my question is, do you think that "simply naughty" in any way describes or captures --

MR. SNOW: No, I really don't. You're right. That may sound a little bit too glib. I think I've already said -- I've used the words "horrifying," "appalling," "disturbing," fill in the blanks. It's absolutely inappropriate.

Fill in the blank, Tony!: The Republican response to Foley's actions were ___________.

(hint: you just said it Tony, INAPPROPRIATE)