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Dave Gilson

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CA Update: Pombo Race Close; Dream On, San Fran!

| Wed Nov. 8, 2006 2:16 AM EST

Early updates from the Golden State: Pombo barely ahead of McNerny, 50.7 to 49.3—too early for either to qualify for endangered species protection. Pombo-sponsored anti-environmental "eminent domain" prop is up 50.8 to 49.2 with 19% of precincts in.

Meanwhile, 59% of San Franciscans have voted for a city policy calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. Wanna take bets on how long it takes for some savvy GOPer to use this as an example of the new Congress' "San Francisco values"?

Update: The Pombo-McNerny numbers were flipped. Advantage: treehugger.

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GOP Scapegoat: Libertarians?

| Wed Nov. 8, 2006 12:12 AM EST

Over at The Corner, Ramesh Ponnuru goes fishing for what could make for a promising scapegoat for GOP losses tonight: Libertarians!

So far, losing because of libertarians hasn't caused Republicans to move toward the libertarians ideologically. But maybe things will change this time.

Hmmm. Aren't most libertarians anti-torture, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, anti-massive federal deficit spending atheist freethinkers? Shall I stop there?

Savage to Santorum: Bottoms Up!

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 11:38 PM EST
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Dan Savage, who made Rick Santorum the, um, butt of a joke that helped made him a national figure of derision, is a happy man tonight. Here he is drinking to the former senator's health...

Sherwood Chokes Self

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 11:24 PM EST

Fox has reported that Republican (and alleged mistress-strangler) Rep. Don Sherwood has lost to Chris Carney in Pennsylvania's 10th District. For a bit of the back story on the (failed) attempt to paint Navy vet Carney as not antiwar enough, see Josh Harkinson's story "Swift Boating the Fighting Dems".

Michelle Malkin's Favorite Site of the Night

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:54 PM EST

On Fox News, (a heavily collagened?) Michelle Malkin just referred viewers to NewsBusters.org, which is "exposing and combating liberal media bias." A sampling of some of the shocking "bias" the site has uncovered tonight:

Around 7:10EST, CNN's Wolf Blitzer continued to frame his coverage from a Democratic perspective, stating, "the Democrats need just 7 seats to become the majority party in the U.S. Senate" he did the same for the House as well.

That is the standard fare for the press, frame things from what the Democrats can do to get things going.

OK, let's reframe: "The Republicans need to hold onto just 7 seats to remain the majority party in the U.S. Senate." Did I just reveal my conservative bias? Next:

CNN's Bill Schneider reported tonight that the veteran vote went for Republican Senator George Allen. The anchor seemed baffled as to how such a thing could happen. During election night coverage, he mentioned that Webb was a "veteran" or "decorated hero" three times in four sentences...

Um, last time we checked Jim Webb was a veteran and decorated war hero. Next:

During an election night discussion of the Missouri embryionic [sic] stem cell debate, CNN's Paul Begala slammed Rush Limbaugh as a "drug-addled gasbag."

Um, last time we checked...

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