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John McCain Admits He Is a Fraud, Declares Love For Russ Feingold

John McCain went on the Senate floor to deliver a heartfelt eulogy today about Russ Feingold, his dear campaign-finance-reform life-partner, even though Feingold is still alive, geez. But it turned out to be a moment of striking clarity, because John McCain may have finally admitted he is a two-bit shell of a leader who has no business having books about political courage ghost-written under his name. “We don’t often hear anymore about members of Congress who distinguish themselves by having the courage of their convictions; who risk their personal interests for what they believe is in the public interest,” said McCain. “I confess I have always felt he was my superior in that cardinal virtue.” Umm! Read more on John McCain Admits He Is a Fraud, Declares Love For Russ Feingold…
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Part V: No Country For Old Feingold: Liveblogging the End of Russmocracy

Oh sheesh, did they have to take Feingold? We aren’t upset because the man was a great senator; we are upset because that was Pagels’ seat. It still seems like the Democrats will hold onto the Senate at this, the fifth hour of our long crash into forever-gridlock. Sure, the complete sell-out half of the old McCain-Feingold duo was the one that got elected, but where we seem to be going, that sort of ancient “bipartisanship” thing just seems quaint. The results are still trickling in. We don’t know about Nevada or Illinois or Alaska, which will end in a bloody fistfight on the tundra between all of those candidates tomorrow afternoon, most likely. So what is going on in the final hour before we reach the Teabaggers’ fabled “November 3″? Read more on Part V: No Country For Old Feingold: Liveblogging the End of Russmocracy…
  now it's wisconsin peeing on him

Ernest J. Pagels, Jr. Will Not Be On the Ballot

Oh look, it’s our favorite blog, host.madison.com/wsj/news/ local/govt_and_politics/blog. We’ll just take a look-see at what’s happening at the old blog this morn — OH GOD. “Dear Wonkette: We love you so. But we have some terrible news for you. Ernest J. Pagels, Jr. is not actually a candidate for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.” It seems Pagels somehow failed to get in his required nomination signatures before the deadline, so he will not be on the ballot. But we called Ernest, and he plans to move forward. He is a candidate for U.S. Senate. AND WE WILL MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER. Read more on Ernest J. Pagels, Jr. Will Not Be On the Ballot…
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Ernest J. Pagels, Jr. Opponent Ron Johnson Owns Lots of BP Stock

Despite Ernest J. Pagels, Jr.’s brilliant campaign against homosexuality, abortion, and pornography, the Wisconsin GOP Convention endorsed “Oshkosh businessman” (the place or the child overalls?) Ron Johnson. This afternoon the DSCC e-mailed us a press release letting us know that Ron Johnson owns stock in evil oil spiller British Petroleum. This is supposed to make us want to support the Democratic candidate Russ Feingold. Yet, the fact is, Russ Feingold also owns stock in businesses, some of which are probably also bad sometimes. You know who doesn’t own stock in businesses? Ernest J. Pagels, Jr. Read more on Ernest J. Pagels, Jr. Opponent Ron Johnson Owns Lots of BP Stock…
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Democrats Look To W. Va. To Shore Up Precarious 58-41 Majority

Now that we’ve all had time to mourn Robert Byrd, let’s talk replacements! West Virginia’s Secretary of State has stared at the confusing law-words on the subject and announced that Democratic Governor Manchin can appoint some Democrat to fill out almost the whole rest of Byrd’s term; a special election will be held in 2012 to fill out the last two months of the term, for some reason, along with a real election to pick the Robert Byrd of the next fifty years. Will Manchin and his man-chin be that next Robert Byrd? He’d sure like to be! Read more on Democrats Look To W. Va. To Shore Up Precarious 58-41 Majority… Read more on Democrats Look To W. Va. To Shore Up Precarious 58-41 Majority…
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Russ Feingold Challenger Will Just Wear Huntin’ Clothes For Full Year

What new, innovative methods are there to be a Republican candidate — a REAL MERKN R’pubkin — nowadays? The base expects you to be just like them. This dude has an idea: “[Dave] Westlake is the Republican challenger to Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. Westlake says he’ll be wearing his bright orange hunting gear to every campaign appearance leading up to the 2010 election.” Then he’ll wear it in the Senate, just as a “fuck you” to, uh, spending. [AP] Read more on Russ Feingold Challenger Will Just Wear Huntin’ Clothes For Full Year…
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Lame Joe Lieberman And Russ Feingold Are Still So Into The Czar Meme!

Joe Lieberman, the actual human equivalent of a chain letter forwarded to you by your grandparents, has a very important tuff-guy job as chair of the Homeland Security Committee. And he’ll tell ya, he does not like Obama’s coterie of czars, not one bit. He’ll probably hold some trenchant as shit hearings about the hated czars, or maybe draft some heroic legislation that forbids the President from appointing policy experts. Russ Feingold is down for whatever, so he’s in too! And don’t think he won’t look up “czar” in the dictionary, because he WILL and he HAS. Read more on Lame Joe Lieberman And Russ Feingold Are Still So Into The Czar Meme!…
 

“I just ran into Russ Feingold in the bathroom. I can report that he does not have a wide stance, but he did appear to be munching on some reese’s pieces.” [The Capitolist] Read more on …
 

Feingold Implores Americans to Watch the Parking Meters

It’s Friday and it’s late August and that means dumb YouTube videos, like this one of Russ Feingold imitating fellow Jewish midwesterner Bob Dylan and his famous “Subterranean Homesick Blues” video. The alley looks good, but it’s missing Alan Ginsburg standing in a trash can. RIP Paul Wellstone, in other words. Also it’s just not as awesome as this, but few things are. Read more on Feingold Implores Americans to Watch the Parking Meters…
 

Mucho Trabajo

This week, Carl Levin, Elizabeth Kucinich, Ted Koppel, Russ Feingold, George Tenet, Sam Brownback, and Dennis Kucinich were all spotted being various degrees of famous at various places by our spies and operatives. Voyeuristic fun, as always, is after the jump. Read more on Mucho Trabajo…
 

‘The Onion’ DC Reception

As you may have heard, The Onion now has a DC edition. And because one party celebrating this wasn’t nearly enough, they threw another one last Wednesday. This one was a slightly classier occasion, with a more exclusive guest list and much classier venue: the Folger Shakespeare Library. Read more on ‘The Onion’ DC Reception…
 

We Can’t Wait For November 5, 2008

Sorry about the delay in reporting the various candidacies and non-candidacies for 2008. Well, actually, not sorry. The nerve of these goddamned people …. This is worse than the Christmas crap going on display the morning after Halloween. Can’t they let America have a few weeks of peace before the campaign for president? No, of course not. That would show some form of Human Dignity. Anyway, here’s what’s going on with the people who hate you … after the jump. Read more on We Can’t Wait For November 5, 2008…
 

Gossip Roundup: Tom and Katie to Continue Living on Moon

Heard on the Hill: Russ Feingold, who hates 527s, loves their dirty, dirty money. Whatever, we like Russ ’cause he sounds like a oft-cranky regular in some midwest bar… Mark Foley started a joint fundraising committee with other Republicans called (wait for it) PROM. Seriously… Fun story about riding a motorcycle with Mark Foley in a parade in 1996. [Roll Call] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Tom and Katie to Continue Living on Moon…
 

On the Dangers of Naming Bills After Oneself

Today’s Hotline, quoting a Club for Growth mailer: “The TV ad — featuring none other than John McCain endorsing Lincoln Chafee — was illegal under the McCain-Feingold law! It’s not the first time Chafee ignored the law. He did it at least 1408 times with at least four different TV ads that were illegal under the so-called ‘stand by your ad’ provisions. … If Club members keep donating funds to Laffey’s campaign, we will soon teach wayward Republicans a lesson they’ll never forget” Read more on On the Dangers of Naming Bills After Oneself…
 

Rumors On The Internets: The writer is secretary of state.

Reading about al Qaeda for pleasure. [Hullabaloo] Bloggers have body image issues. [La Shawn Barber] Wizbang is Explosively Unique: “…this country needs both parties, like it or not.” [Wizbang] “Russ Feingold, not Hillary Clinton, is the favorite to win the Democrats’ 2008 Presidential nomination. He’s ‘Howard Dean without the delicate psyche,'” [Powerline] Read more on Rumors On The Internets: The writer is secretary of state.…
 

Poor Russ Feingold

Poor Chuck Schumer. Poor “every Democratic senator who must endure being in Hillary’s shadow.” GQ’s Lisa DePaulo recently interviewed Senator Feingold — and she just couldn’t stop asking breathless questions about Hillary. After a few questions about wiretapping, this hard-hitting exchange ensued: Read more on Poor Russ Feingold…
 

Daily Briefing: A Push Back?

Bush renews call to ban gay marriage; social conservatives cheer the “litmus test” as critics contend the move is mainly political. James Dobson: “It is true what this vote will do will be to help the voters identify who is and is not supportive of the family, and I think those that are not are going to have to answer for it.” [WP, NYT, USAT] This week’s Senate agenda, from the ban on gay marriage to a repeal of the estate tax, is “all about” motivating conservative voters. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) on the marriage amendment: “I am confident that the American people will see this for what it is: a mean-spirited attempt to score political points in an election year.” [WP, W$J] Intense campaigning is already underway for the midterm election, “reflecting a consensus in both parties that Republicans could lose control of the House and perhaps the Senate”; Republicans have spent at least $4.5M on today’s special election for Randy Cunningham‘s seat. [NYT, W$J] Congress and the courts “are beginning to push back against what has been the greatest expansion of presidential powers in a generation or more.” [USAT] Bill Clinton hopes to raise over $20M for midterm campaigns. [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: A Push Back?…
 

Daily Briefing: See Ya, Arlen

At his confirmation hearing, Gen. Michael Hayden deflects specifics, defends NSA wiretapping, distances himself from Pentagon brass, and urges a focus on the future of the CIA: “It’s time to move past what seems to me to be an endless picking apart of the archaeology of every past intelligence success or failure.” [WP, NYT, NYT, WSJ] Senate votes 63 to 34 to make English the “national language”; vote continues “the conservative turn that a major overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws has taken since the Senate began debate this week.” [WP, NYT] Judiciary Committee approves constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage; Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) says “good riddance” to Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who replies, “See ya.” [WP] Bush in Arizona: “It makes sense to use fencing along the border in key locations in order to do our job. We’re in the process of making our border the most technologically advanced border in the world.” [NYT, WSJ] BellSouth seeks a retraction from USA Today for “the false and unsubstantiated statements” about NSA phone logs. [WSJ] Read more on Daily Briefing: See Ya, Arlen…
 

While We Were Liveblogging: The Specter/Feingold Fight

Can’t you two see you’re in love? Dammit, there is no juicy stuff going on at the Hayden hearing and meanwhile, the rest of the Senate is getting all catty about gay marriage in the next room. We are so pissed at ourselves for missing Russ Feingold and Arlen Specter (the original Odd Couple) yell at each other. Specter, who is an ass, is voting to send the gay marriage bill to the rest of the Senate, despite his adamant opposition to it and his knowledge that it doesn’t stand a chance. Russ, who got a funny little idea in his head that he stands a chance in hell of being president, naturally decided to storm out like a drama queen. Read more on While We Were Liveblogging: The Specter/Feingold Fight…
 

You Know, You Can Look This Stuff Up, Guys

Slow news day so far — CNN is reporting on the prosecution of a German cannibal. So we bring you these two screen caps. This one’s from the New York Sun: Read more on You Know, You Can Look This Stuff Up, Guys…
 

Rumors on the Internets: Blogs Ripe With Affairs to Remember

* Feingold cozies up to fringe liberals and same-sex couples; Dems take back his friendship bracelet. [Captain’s Quarters] * The Religious Right parties with Catholics, Mormons, and Muslims to propagate a pro-life agenda. Venue of choice: the United Nations. [Political Cortex] * Meet Vikas and Oswaldo, two foreigners working in America. One arrived by plane, the other by a flatbed truck under a pile of hay. One lived like a eunuch, the other like a man who saw flashing FREE DAYCARE lights above P.S. 127. Guess which one’s not a welcome guest, even if McCain and Kennedy say so. [Right Wing News] * Dems flirt with two-jobs-and-18-credit-hours college girls on the Pill. [The Fly Trap] * DeLay’s stale cologne lingers on our shirts. Who’s strong enough to get theirs dry-cleaned? [DailyKos] Read more on Rumors on the Internets: Blogs Ripe With Affairs to Remember…