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Soon We Will Not Have Joe Walsh To Kick Around With Tammy Duckworth’s Mechanical Feet

You know, we were sort of toying with live-blooging the last Duckworth-Walsh Illinois congressional debate, but then we were like, eh, maybe Tammy Duckworth will be kind of boring, and surely Joe Walsh is too much of a pussy to offer her a Purple Heart band-aid for her kickass robot legs to her face? But then Tammy Duckworth was not boring, and the increasingly bizarre (if that were even possible) deadbeat Congressman Joe Walsh waved around a picture proving his opponent wears women’s clothes!!! Well unlike Joe Walsh (hopefully!) we are not about to make the same mistake twice! Join us, and this livestream, at 7 p.m. Eastern as we live-bloog the shit out of whatever oozes from Walsh’s peevish puss.

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  1. Cleopatriot

    I don't know. She's not run a very effective campaign. I mean I hope she wins, but I'm not convinced she will (disclaimer: I live in Chicago, not in her district).

    1. HouseOfTheBlueLights

      Why do you say this? I follow her FB page (her district butts up against mine), and she seems to be doing a ton of constituent meetings, which seems like a really good way to run a congressional campaign. All I ever see from Joe are the hateful negative ads.

      1. Cleopatriot

        I'm saying it because I'm not impressed with her campaign. She's known in the city as the person Rahm picked for that seat.

    2. snowpointsecret

      I think she likely will win, for one reason: It's Joe Walsh. She just needs to not be absolutely horrible from what I've seen.

    3. Negropolis

      I'm not sure why you believe this when polling clearly shows her up. I might understand pessimism had she been running against someone likeable and yet still up in the polls meaning things could break against her near the end, but she's running against one of the most odious individuals in Congress in a moderate(ish) district. This seems dangerously close to concern trolling to me, because nothing points to him winning this.

  2. Hammiepants

    This asstard is such a hateful fuck that I've sent Tammy's campaign about $150, even though I live in L.A. I hope she goes all Jet Li on his chickenhawk ass.

    1. Callyson

      Huge thumbs up from another Los Angeles resident who sent her a bit of money (I could only do $25, but if everyone chips in what they can…)

        1. Lot_49

          Praise Jeebus I'll be glad when it's over, and I don't live in a swing state. Just hope the talking-head-fantasy phenomenon of an Electoral College tie is not realized.

    1. snowpointsecret

      Liveblogs are better than political ads. At least there's some semblance of sanity here, right? (Probably biased, being in Ohio though…)

      1. Geminisunmars

        Just got our mail in ballots today. But we are waiting until we decide who to vote for before filling them out. (Gotcha there, for a second, didn't I?)

  3. CrunchyKnee

    In some American cities the only way someone with a D behind their name can win is if they were a fetus that looked like Jeebus.

    1. Negropolis

      I don't know. Even in a lot of red states, cities are blue. More than red and blue states, the voting divide in America seems to be most polarized between urban and rural.

      Sorry for being so serious. lol

  4. HRH_Maddie

    Tammy Duckworth just needs to show up tonight, look into the camera and say "Really, this guy? Really?" and throw the mic down Chris Rock-style.

    1. MittBorg

      She pretty much cockpunched him devastatingly on his "picking a dress" bullshit with that "Mostly, I've worn camouflage" remark. I hope she wins, and she looks like she will. But YEAH CALLYSON I'll send her some coin.

      1. Geminisunmars

        Maybe it was explained elsewhere, but wtf was that about anyway? He had a picture of her buying a dress? What? Is she on foodstamps and isn't suppose to buy something?

        1. MittBorg

          He had a picture of her picking out the dress that she would wear to the Dem convention, where she was a featured speaker. He waved it around and made a big deal of her picking an outfit when X or Y was happening in the world (I forget what he cited). Apparently, Tammy Duckworth shouldn't be picking out a dress to wear when there are A, B, or C things going on in the world.

          1. Geminisunmars

            Thank you. That makes total sense now. I keep trying to understand what those in the GOP say, and I keep feeling like I'm living in a foreign land where English is translated through Babel. I guess the lesson is I should give up trying to comprehend them. Only leads to frustration.

          2. Gleem McShineys

            I'm all for comprehending them.

            Oh wait, Babel mistranslated that.
            How you say, uhm, chopping zem into … wotes?

  5. Joshua Norton

    Even though prison sex isn't really my thang, wingnutters like Joe Walsh and Scott Brown bring out a deep seated urge in me to play a game of "Tied Up Cell Bitch and Aryan Gang Leader".

    But only with votes, of course.

  6. anniegetyerfun

    Wait, I mean, are we going to kill him (with votes)? Because assholes like this never really go away, so we can still kick him around, right? See also The Plumber, Joe.

  7. kittensdontlie

    If Duckworth waves around a picture proving her opponent wears women’s underwear,…now that would be worth seeing.

    1. PsycWench

      Do we really want to see that picture, though? My eyes still hurt from that picture of the fat lady hurling.

        1. MittBorg

          Mmnmm — don't know. I'm hearing an awful lot of old codgers express some grudging respect for the lady soldiers, even if, bless their chavinistic hearts, they're afraid to SERVE with one. Pilot friends are in especial awe because they know how she lost her legs. Those 'copters got nearly nothing between your crotch and whatever the enemy's throwing.

          1. MittBorg

            Military. They're mostly Repubs (but not very happy with the party right now) or Independents. Couple of Democrats, but politics tends to take a backseat to military issues.

        1. Negropolis

          In some rural area, sure, but Chicagoland in a presidential election year? I'm not so sure about that.

  8. FlownOver

    We'd all be better off if she'd use the initial handshake opportunity to shiv the disgusting asshole (yes, WithVotes™) under the ribcage and just walk away smiling contentedly.

  9. Antispandex

    Is it like the train wreck that you just can't look away from, or is he really likely to say something SO stupid you just want to be there when he does? OK, maybe…wait, who's playing on Thursday Night Football tonight?

  10. SayItWithWookies

    Argh — I think I'm scheduled to be lobotomized by the Allen-Kaine debate for VA's Senate seat tonight. Kaine's no eloquent speaker or war hero, but damn — George Allen and Joe Walsh are the best the Republican party can put up? It's horrifying that the damn GOP isn't less popular than the Flat Earth Party with this lineup.

          1. Geminisunmars

            Even Cowgirls Get the Blues was fun, even though the movie of it was botched. Roadside was a bit turgid. As I recall (it being some 30 plus years since it I read it.). As a young person I loved Jitterbug Perfume, and when I picked it up in my later years I couldn't believe I'd thought it was so wonderful. The book must have changed itself in the intervening years.

    1. Negropolis

      I can't for the life of me understand how someone as mild-mannered and generic as Tim Kaine could get elected in a state like VA. But, then again, the set-up for the Virginia executive does lend itself to being won by just about anybody. I mean, both these dudes are former governors, right? Crazy.

      1. SayItWithWookies

        I don't really remember how Tim Kaine won the governorship — but if I could recall who he ran against, that would probably be a significant factor.

        Nevertheless, in the debates, he's come out as quite a forceful liberal — he said he was for gay marriage, for women's right to contraception and medical care, against rapacious mining and pro clean energy among other things. It seems like a cultural turning point to me, especially because six years ago Jim Webb got elected to the very same seat largely because he had been a Republican for most of his career and wasn't that liberal.

  11. Callyson

    Crap, I just checked and C-Span isn't broadcasting this, so I'll have to do the livestream. It's so much more fun to have the debate on the set so I can catch the facial expressions…

  12. TribecaMike

    In a few weeks, Walsh will be forced to spend a lot more time with his family. Them's good irony.

  13. Callyson

    Oh FFS…from the Washington Times via an alert from the Daily Kos(and no, I am not linking to that Moonie website, which froze my computer):

    Ms. Baldwin’s success so far has been due to her ability to mask her hard left-wing views. She is portraying herself as a moderate liberal. In fact, she is a radical feminist who champions gay marriage, abortion on demand, government-funded contraception and war on religious freedom. She is the Sandra Fluke of Wisconsin politics—a postmodern socialist who wants government to underwrite birth control pills and homosexual unions…
    Ms. Baldwin has made no secret of her lesbian lifestyle. She is a vocal supporter of gay pride and the LGBT community. She told the liberal Huffington Post that her Senate candidacy is historic. Ms. Baldwin stressed that “breaking through these glass ceilings has a ripple effect.” In other words, her election would—and should—encourage other avowed gays and lesbians to enter high office. She sees herself as the tip of the spear for the LGBT community—a relentless advocate for homosexual issues. She attacks traditional marriage. She led the fight to repeal the ban on gays openly serving in the military. She consistently assaults our Judeo-Christian heritage…
    Mr. Thompson is a Catholic. He does not wear his faith on his sleeve, yet he should confront Ms. Baldwin about her socialist feminism. Wisconsin’s electorate needs to know just how far out of the mainstream she really is. The last thing they need is Barney Frank in a dress.


  14. Limeylizzie

    I loathe this twat more than almost any other GOPer, he really is just vile. OT Wonketteers, wtf is with the Gallup Poll that shows Barry 7 pints down, can that possibly be true, I am getting really hysterical about all this.

    1. snowpointsecret

      It seems like a really far-off outlier to me. The state polls and even other national polls aren't anywhere near R+7… I think if it was really that big of a lead, Romney would clearly be ahead in Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, and Wisconsin and that's not really the case. It's a close election but I really still think Obama has the edge.

    2. MittBorg

      Relax, calm down, take a deep breath. Nate Silver says CNN has begun weighting their polls differently, although they don't disclose this information. The polls you're looking at are probably national polls, and the bounce effect of the second debate isn't showing yet. There's another debate coming next week, by which time the bounce effect will show.

    3. SayItWithWookies

      Right now that's a severe outlier. TPM has a summary of other polls here — ignore the ones with asterisks by them, as they're internet polls, but you'll see there's nothing else close to that result.

    4. James Michael Curley

      Gallup tracking is not a great source to try to predict future out comes from present results. To begin with they still use a Likely vs. Registered voter separation in their reports but do not clearly distinguish the reliability of why Likely should be more accurate then Registered or Registered should be more accurate then Likely.

      Just consider one major distinction. You are registered and probably a certain vote. If you respond to the poll and answer yes to registered and no to likely, how should your choice be figured into the total? Same for the response which is no to registered and yes to likely and, of course, to the response yes to both or no to both. This distinction has been abandoned by other pollsters, in part I'm sure, because it takes longer to conduct a poll and process the results and the game of political polling is now a business where the client wants instantaneous results and not results days old.

      Another factor in 2012 polling which I can not fully explore now, but may have some results later. Hart Resources (and older name) used to be the major company which conducted the telephone calling for numerous "Pollsters" during the major election cycles. Why? Several "Pollsters" are companies which merely market the results they employ others to gather. Hart Resources once was and may still be owned by Bain Capital Partners.

    5. calliecallie

      Glad to see the other posts that say this poll is an outlier. My brother from AZ was visiting this weekend and filling me with fear of a Rmoney presidency, which he is convinced is coming. I wanted to tell him "you've been in Arizona too long, bro"

    6. Barrelhse

      I'm hoping this kind of news will wake up the voters who may have thought no effort was necessary to win. Get out and vote!

    7. Callyson

      Nate Silver's tweet about the polls, from 18 hours ago (yes, I am obsessive):

      Gallup poll real bad for Obama. Marquette poll (WI) pretty bad for Obama. Other polls pretty good for Obama. Canceled out in forecast.

    8. Callyson

      Update from Nate:

      The Gallup national tracking poll now shows a very strong lead for Mitt Romney…
      However, its results are deeply inconsistent with the results that other polling firms are showing in the presidential race, and the Gallup poll has a history of performing very poorly when that is the case.
      Other national polls show a race that is roughly tied on average, while state polls continue to indicate a narrow advantage of about two points for President Obama in tipping-point states like Ohio. The forecast has Mr. Obama as a narrow favorite in the election largely on the basis of the state polls.

    9. Negropolis


      The GOP's top pollster came out today and says that even his polling isn't seeing these kind of numbers, nationally, so something is WAY off with Gallups tracker. It's probably just statistical noise, but they are also known for their oversampling of Republicans for their polls.

  15. James Michael Curley

    Tammy Baldwin is also debating former Gov. Tommy Thompson tonight. (He of the son who says Obama should be sent back to Kenya) Tammy Baldwin

    Early voting in Michigan starts on Monday and will make a critical diff in the southern parts of the state.

      1. Negropolis

        He took it in 2008 and it had a Dem rep for years until 2010 and looks as if it will elect a Dem to take the seat, this year. It's not nearly as red as people think it is.

      1. James Michael Curley

        Couldn’t figure out what was wrong until I noticed I said Michigan and meant Wisconsin.

  16. snowpointsecret

    I'm kind of torn tonight… Liveblog seems fun but there's a Brown-Mandel debate on tv here in Ohio at 8 and I feel like that should be my priority.

    1. Callyson

      I think there was a mix-up: Chicago is in the Central time zone, so the debate should come on at 8 Eastern/5 Pacific.

  17. Pragmatist2

    There may be a need for an online course in Remedial Time Zones. We have 114 comments and 1121 views on a debate hat won't start for five minutes.

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