Thanksgiving Weekend Open Forum

I’ll be back to posting on Sunday. Until then, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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21 responses to “Thanksgiving Weekend Open Forum

  1. AndersonScooper

    Chris Shays announces on Larry King that he mightsay yes to a re-match in 2010:http://www.newhavenadvocate.com/article.cfm?aid=10691

    KING: Chris Shays, two questions. First, where does your party go, and will you come back and run again?

    SHAYS: Well, I may. It’s hard to imagine when you just have had a defeat that you thought you were going to win. You know, it kind of says to you I better think this over. My two-year contract was not renewed, Larry.

    But, you know what? I’m struck with — and maybe it’s just that I’m still feeling the pain — there is no Republican Congressman in all of New England, 21 seats, all Democrat. There are only three Republican Congressmen in New York, out of 29. You put them together, 50 Congressmen, only three are Republicans.

    You know, we have the white, male vote. That’s what we’ve got. We have lost in a region. People better come back and say, how come we’re not representing the region? If you want to go backwards, and that’s what I’m hearing people say, and try to grab on to something in the past, we’ve got young people who want to go forward.

    This should be a party that cares about the environment. This should be a party that wants African-Americans to be a part of it and Latinos. And I don’t think you’re going to do it by going backwards and saying, smaller government as the solution. It could be a part of it, but it shouldn’t be all of it.

  2. AndersonScooper

    What is sad is that during his concession speech, Shays pled that his staff was that which mattered most to him, and he asked for other Congressmen to give them jobs.

    And Jim Himes was all set to hire several of the ex-Shays’ers. But one would think that Shays current change-of-heart, (on Election night he swore he was done with electoral politics), might preclude Himes from actually doing so.

    Why does Chrissy remind me so much of Lieberman? Not in terms of his ideology, but that in the end, it’s all about him…

  3. AndersonScooper

    PPS– Will someone please inform Chris Shays that there are 22 Congress-critters from New England, and not the 21 he keeps referencing!

    2-Maine
    2-New Hampshire
    1-Vermont
    2-Rhode Island
    10-Massachusetts
    5-Connecticut

    God help me if that doesn’t add up to 22.

  4. AS,

    Chris Shays is history……..Get over it, and grow up. Now how about getting your new guy doing a better job, actually any job, in congress the next two years, than all the other CT Democrats in congress we fools here in CT rubber stamp there did the last two. Hey in some cases the last ten. I am hoping one day to congratulate Himes for some accomplishment.

    When will you open your blindly partisan eyes, or is constant CT Democratic failure your idea of accomplishment ??

    BTW how many times did you vote for Lieberman just because he called himself a Democrat????

  5. >>When will you open your blindly partisan eyes, or is constant CT Democratic failure your idea of accomplishment ??

    Ya know AL, I like your posts, and enjoy it when you slap poor, reliably grumpy, always negative, Anderson around once in while.
    (It’s odd – he seemed agreeable enough in “real life” the one time I met him, but he posts nothing but negative nonsense.)

    I too am tired of his constant complaining…..for heavens sakes he complains after his side wins, there’s simply no pleasing him, and he has zero sense of humor to boot.

    He needs to spend more time with Bob Adams (CTBob *is* witty) and less with whoever he hangs around with now.

    I will say, I’m impressed with how un-horrified I am with Obama’s choices thus far, save for Volker. (I fully expected to be turning to hard drink.)

    Clinton over Kerry for Sect of State is a relief, as is leaving Gates in place;
    and Richardson has always struck me as good salesman which is what is new job will entail.

    Volker on the other hand is the same moron that let the Prime float in March of 1980 and should have been left out to pasture.
    He’s already caused more unemployment than probably any single individual in US history once – why give him a second chance?

  6. Scoop,

    2-Maine — D
    2-New Hampshire — D
    1-Vermont — D
    2-Rhode Island — D
    10-Massachusetts — D
    4-Connecticut D + 1 D(I)
    White House – D
    Congress – D

    Not an R cluttering the blue skies = No more excuses.

  7. >>No more excuses.

    We need “NME” bumperstickers; nice black oval ones.

  8. [quote comment] reliably grumpy,[/quote]

    Hey!

  9. AndersonScooper

    Al, on a holiday, I don’t know what drove you to post such an ad hominem.

    In a spirit of sharing, all I did was 1)post a partial transcript of a Shays-Larry King interview, in which Shays says he may run again, 2)point out that this latest flip-flop might preclude Himes from hiring several of his beloved staffers, and 3)insist that there are actually 22 New England Congress-critters.

    However, if we want to get personal, let’s not neglec the subject of you. What strikes me is that even though you frequent blogs like this, you have seemingly no political agenda. No driving issue. No candidate you want elected. Nothing. How can that be?

    But of course you do have an issue, only now you can’t show it! Your politics are all about your pocket-book, your pocket-book, and only your pocket-book…

    Anyway, follow me around all you want, and keep making shit up, if that’s what your psyche needs to do.

    For the record I never, ever voted for Lieberman, except when he was on the Gore ticket. And if you want to call my stance towards Jim Amann or Chris Dodd “blindly partisan” so be it.

  10. Forgot to mention

    Bush, gone; Cheney, gone; Palin, gone = No More Excuses.

  11. [quote post=”2381″]I too am tired of his constant complaining[/quote]
    So why do you reward the behavior you dislike?

  12. [quote comment=”38853″]Forgot to mention

    Bush, gone; Cheney, gone; Palin, gone = No More Excuses.[/quote]

    Oh, of course! There’s going to be absolutely NO residual effects from eight frickin’ years of Bush/Cheney for the new administration to contend with! How silly it would be to complain once they leave!

    Get real. It’s gonna take at least four years, and probably much longer, to repair the massive damage caused by the Bush regime. The GOP has given the Democrats the best possible excuse there is; the gift of total incompetence!

  13. [quote post=”2381″]Oh, of course! There’s going to be absolutely NO residual effects from eight frickin’ years[/quote]
    [quote post=”2381″]Get real. It’s gonna take at least four years, and probably much longer, to repair the massive damage [/quote]

    So you agree Clinton’s ineffective policies and management led to 9/11 and the Gulf War?

  14. >>The GOP has given the Democrats the best possible excuse there is; the gift of total incompetence!

    The economy was just ducky until the Dems took over 2 years ago.

    How dare you blame Bush for wild spending Dems.

  15. [quote comment=”38854″]
    So why do you reward the behavior you dislike?[/quote]

    I don’t know what comes over me sometimes.

  16. [quote post=”2381″]Oh, of course! There’s going to be absolutely NO residual effects from eight frickin’ years of Bush/Cheney for the new administration to contend with! How silly it would be to complain once they leave![/quote]

    Dunno Bob, sure sounds like an excuse to me. Whatever happened to that “can do,” can change attitude? You can’t be losing hope already.

  17. ARC,

    Suggest the NME’s signs be in red “N” white “M” blue “E”

  18. ACR,

    Sorry for the ARC. I was thinking “Joan of…”

  19. Residual effects. Like it. Connecticut Democrats have been residually effecting state budgets for how many years? Maybe time for a little change and hope, eh?

  20. I received an email 2 days ago from a Litchfield friend that I admire quite a bit; it said in part:

    From the Desk of Rabbi Joseph I. Eisenbach

    At this moment my colleague Rabbi Gabi Holtzberg and his wife, the Chabad emissaries in Mumbai, are hostages in their Chabad House in the horrific terrorist attacks on the city. Their infant son has been released with the nanny, however reports indicate that the Rabbi and his wife are “unconscious, but alive”. Hundreds of commandos surround the house and it seems that a full-scale assault is imminent.

    We now know how that situation turned out.

    A horrible reminder.

  21. I aplogize for the double-post on the same topic.

    However those that might wish to donate to fund for the Holtzberg children may do so here:

    Chabad of Mumbai Relief Fund

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