Dave Gilson

Dave Gilson

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Senior editor at Mother Jones. Obsessive generalist, word wrangler, data cruncher, pun maker.

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Rumor of the Night: Rummy To Go?

| Wed Nov. 8, 2006 2:30 AM EST

I'm loathe to repeat unsubstantiated rumors, especially ones that come from the Comedy Central blog. But the cable station where more young Americans get their news is saying that Rumsfeld is now definitely a goner come tomorrow. Hey, they even have double sourcing—some blogger and Bill Kristol. Let me check my Magic 8 Ball and we may have definitive confirmation...

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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.

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".

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