Friday, July 21, 2006

The Democratic Majority Project Part 2 - Claire McCaskill

It's time to introduce a second practical progressive candidate who is aiming to tack back a GOP seat and add to the Democratic majority. Claire McCaskill is currently running for the Misourri Senate seat currently held by Jim Talent. Talent took the seat in 2002 from Jean Carnahan, wife of the late Gov. Mel Carnahan, thanks to money raised from 5 campaign trips by Dubya.

Talent has been a consistently backed the most hardline elements of his party. He voted against a resolution recognizing a woman's basic right to choose, voted to let the Energy Department waste $37 million on bunker-busting nuclear bombs, voted to make it harder for workers to get overtime pay, and co-sponsored the Constitutional amendment banning equal rights for same-sex couples. He received a 100 from the Christian Coalition, and a zero from the League of Conservation Voters. He has also been woefully ineffective for Missourians - other than non-binding resolutions, he has not introduced a single piece of legislation that has been passed by the Senate.

Worst of all, Talent has been the Equivocator-in-Chief on the vital issue of stem cell research. Last year, he co-sponsored Sam Brownback's bill to ban stem cell research, but then withdrew his support for the bill after McCaskill began criticizing his disgraceful position on the issue. After the press slammed him for the election-year 'change of heart', Talent reversed himself again. He announced his opposition to a Missouri ballot initiative which would have allowed the state to fund stem cell research within the bounds of federal law, and then voted against the stem cell bill that passed the Senate this week.

Claire McCaskill has served as Missouri's State Auditor since 1999, and has been "one of the most active and effective auditor's in Missouri History" according to the Columbia Daily Tribune. As she says on her campaign website, she has "exposed faults in employee background checks for workers helping vulnerable people, including nursing home caregivers and school bus drivers." You can read more about her impressive record as State Auditor here.

In the Senate, she will fight to expand Medicare benefits for seniors, protect our environment and free us of our dependence on foreign oil by investing in alternative energy and more fuel-efficient vehicles, and fully fund No Child Left Behind (the underfunding of NCLB has been one of the most underreported travesties of the Bush administration).

This is a close and very winnable race - recent polls have had McCaskill tied with Talent or even slightly ahead of him. But Talent has raised nearly $20 million compared to just $4 million for McCaskill, and has more than three times as much cash-on-hand. Talent will be able to distort his record all the way up until election day, and we need to make sure Claire McCaskill has the resources to set the record straight.

Help Claire take back the Senate seat that was once held by Harry Truman, and end GOP control of the Senate!

Click here to go to the Claire McCaskill for Senate website
and
Click here to contribute to McCaskill's campaign


UPDATE
: One of our readers made a good catch - Talent also voted against a minimum wage increase last month.

UPDATE II: For the first time, I've decided to highlight the comment of one of the readers of this blog - our resident troll, who goes by the sarcastic moniker "liebermanforlieberman." This is what he said about stem cell research:
I wonder if people care that much care about something like stem cell research right now, when our troops are being wiped out in Iraq and our Constitution is under attack by Lieberman/Bush/Cheney. To me, worrying about stem cell research right now seems pretty frivolous.
I agree that Iraq is a vital issue and the loss of thousands of lives there is tragic (believe it or not, I oppose the war), but such a complete lack of understanding of the promise of stem cell research and the seriousness of the issue is incomprehensible. This research holds the promise to save quite literally hundreds of millions of lives, and improve the quality of life for many more. Stem cells may hold the potential for providing revolutionary treatments for cancer, muscular dystrophy, ALS, Parkinson's disease, paralysis and countless other life-threatening illnesses.

The Lieberhaters' singleminded focus on Iraq is absurd if it comes at the expense of research with potential to save lives worldwide, long after the Iraq War ends. I sincerely hope "liebermanforlieberman" doesn't speak for all of Lieberman's opponents when he calls this vital research "frivolous."

Update III: That troll cleverly deleted the comment from the string. However, I would be more than happy to email a saved copy of the comments page to whoever wishes to read the callous post for themselves. In any case, this is the first and probably last time that I will negatively highlight a reader's comment, but the issue of stem cell research is both germane to this post and vital to the country.

This also is just further proof that for all the claims of Lieberman's detractors that their opposition isn't just about Iraq, their words and actions prove that some of them can't even look past Iraq long enough to help save countless lives.

61 Comments:

Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

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7/21/2006 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord Lieberman is the Dean Scream of 2006

7/21/2006 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why can't lieberman be a real dem like mccaskill?

7/21/2006 8:24 PM  
Anonymous CentristDem said...

Gave $100 last cycle.

Isn't it amazing those anons are more focused on tearing down a Democrat than retaking the Senate from the GOP majority?

Eye on the ball, folks...SENATE MAJORITY.

7/21/2006 8:32 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

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7/21/2006 8:33 PM  
Anonymous CentristDem said...

"To me, worrying about stem cell research right now seems pretty frivolous."

Tell that to people who are suffering from cancer, L4L. Or to the Christopher Reeve foundation for people living with paralysis.

Here's a link so you can tell them yourself that their cause is frivolous:
http://www.acscsn.org/
http://www.christopherreeve.org/

7/21/2006 8:41 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

Well, if you really care about stem cell research, like I do (and I actually do), you should work to remove Joe Lieberman from his Senate seat.

As a leading enabler of Supreme Leader Bush and the right wing agenda, Lieberman has done a lot to hamstring stem cell research.

7/21/2006 8:48 PM  
Anonymous CentristDem said...

Except for the fact that he was one of its most vocal backers in the Senate and promised to make it his first act as President to end Bush's restrictions on stem cell research.

Or do you disregard facts that are inconvenient to your argument? To say that Lieberman has been anything but one of the strongest allies of the movement for stem cell research is amazingly, blantantly dishonest.

You called it frivolous to talk about it now. You can't take that back. That's all you do - lie before you think.

7/21/2006 9:01 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

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7/21/2006 9:16 PM  
Anonymous CentristDem said...

So why did you call it frivolous? That's unforgivable, man. You just lost all credibility to talk about saving lives.

And your statement that stem cell research can't be funded alongside the Iraq War is absurd. The U.S. government is hardly spending all its money on ammunition. The government pays for literally millions of things at once. To say we're spending it all on Iraq and that WE CAN'T FUND STEM CELL RESEARCH is just plain idiotic.

7/21/2006 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, man...that's just plain wrong.

7/21/2006 9:29 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

If you're really interested in saving lives, why not think about getting US forces out of Iraq?

As far as our own casualties are concerned, we're up to (I think) about 2600 dead and about 22,000 wounded.

Then, think about the Iraqi side for just a second. I think the casualties are about 8-10 times that.

How much money would have to be invested in stem cell research, and for how long, to save even a fraction of the number of lives that we could save just by pulling our military out of Iraq?

Remember, there is absolutely no reason for us to be in Iraq. The 27 excuses for the Lieberman/Bush War of Iraqi Liberation have all been disproven.

7/21/2006 9:30 PM  
Anonymous CentristDem said...

"How much money would have to be invested in stem cell research, and for how long, to save even a fraction of the number of lives that we could save just by pulling our military out of Iraq?"

50,000 people have died in Iraq in the past 3 years. Even three times that number would be less than ONE QUARTER the number of people that have died of cancer during that period.

And how many people suffer from all those other diseases that stem cell research could help treat? So what if it takes 10 years? Isn't that worth it?

Why is it frivolous to talk about it WHILE talking about the situation in Iraq, which is exactly what we're doing now.

If the only lives you care about are the ones in Iraq, you have a serious problem.

7/21/2006 9:36 PM  
Anonymous CentristDem said...

Oh and that one quarter is in the US alone. Worldwide, it's probably more like 1/75 the number of people who've died of cancer in that period.

7/21/2006 9:37 PM  
Anonymous CentristDem said...

I gotta go to bed.

Good luck defending the indefensible.

7/21/2006 9:42 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

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7/21/2006 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sound just like a Republican on stem cell research...equivocating on how likely it is to work, and saying there are more pressing matters.

It's the same GOP attitude that leads to delay on global warming. There will always be more pressing priorities; that's why it's important we start NOW.

What a disgusting, Republican outlook.

7/21/2006 9:51 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

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7/21/2006 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahaha....this is fun. You called it frivolous, buddy. Sorry, but no amount of changing the subject will get you out of this

You just sound like an idiot when you try to say say that Lieberman is somehow hurting the cause of stem cell res, especially since you're the one who called it frivlous

7/21/2006 10:11 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

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7/21/2006 10:14 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

US Soldiers Under Orders to "Kill All Military Age Males"

Speaking of frivolous, why does our current leadership consider the lives of all Iraqi "military age males" to be frivolous?

Link:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2222133

"Soldiers in Murder Case Claim They Were Ordered to 'Kill All Military Age Males' in Iraq Raid

EL PASO, Texas Jul 21, 2006 (AP)— Four U.S. soldiers accused of murdering suspected insurgents during a raid in Iraq said they were under orders to "kill all military age males," according to sworn statements obtained by The Associated Press.

The soldiers first took some of the men into custody because they were using two women and a toddler as human shields. They shot three of the men after the women and child were safe and say the men attacked them."

Can you believe this?

This is being done in our name, people. This is what Senator Lieberman's stay and pray Iraq strategy has led to.

Is this what we really want?

7/21/2006 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahahahaha...you just can't help changing the subject, can you!

liebermanforlieberman: Deriding stem cell research as frivolous since 2006.

7/21/2006 10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I hadn't mentioned it yet, McCaskill is a great Democrat, and she definitely needs more financial support...

7/21/2006 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice lie - that was in one case, from an isolated group of soldiers. And it was a claim they made in court, not a fact. Although you've already proven you can't seperate speculation from fact.

Maybe you should check your facts before you smear our entire military for a claim that involves a handful of soldiers. In any case, stop insulting our intelligence.

liebermanforlieberman: Deriding stem cell research as frivolous since 2006.

7/21/2006 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Joe - Remember when Lamont flip-flopped on his Iraq position? Me neither.

7/21/2006 10:37 PM  
Blogger baghdadjoe said...

Since Lieberman has decided against doing anything but negative campaigning this election cycle, some enterprising people on the Internets have made an effort to answer a question that many voters must have - Who is Joe Lieberman?

Debunk Joe Lieberman's many twisted lies

Learn how Republicans are financing his campaign

Examine Lieberman's strong support from Supreme Leader Bush and a gaggle of TV and talk radio wackjobs

7/21/2006 10:49 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

Joe Sez: Bloggers Are Terrorists

Be sure to check out Liebermania!

The Official Home of Lieberman for Lieberman

7/21/2006 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why can't joe leaverman be a good democrat?

7/21/2006 11:18 PM  
Blogger Mike M. said...

A damned good use of this blog, I think.

Okay, I admit (though many of you have gathered) that I'm a Lamont guy when I think about Connecticut.

However, divisions wihtin our party aside, our real struggle is, indeed, with our right wing opponents, nationwide. For a lot of reasons, I'd really like to see Lamont win the CT primary (without listing everything, I think it'd be good for Democrats to challenge their own incumbbents) but our larger battle should be waged against the national right wing.

For my part, Lieberman has strayed too far right on social and economic issues to earn my support.

But, I have no trouble realizing that there are folks out their vying for national office who are pushing views that are so far right that they are truly dangerous.

So far as Lieberman vs. Lamont goes, I'm pulling for Lamont.

But, on the national stage, I think we're all on the same side.

7/21/2006 11:52 PM  
Blogger SeedFreak said...

The stage will be in Waterbury and the Democratic disdain for Ned and hus Nuts will be taken national. Now, people who do not access Lamont's curse and lie filled blogs will hear why the Pro-Expletives should be unforgiven and kept from office.

7/22/2006 4:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could Lieberman think campaigning with Bill Clinton could help him? All I can think about when I see that poor man is how Joe-Joe helped destroy his career.

7/22/2006 8:30 AM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

Agreed. Bill Clinton is a powerfully divisive figure. Nationally yes, but especially here in Connecticut. People seem to think that Bill Clinton could hurt Lieberman more than help.

mikem - Thanks for the support!

7/22/2006 8:39 AM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

LIEBERDEM: Thanks a lot for front-paging my comment. That's very sweet!

However, you should know that nobody here, especially me, hates Joe Lieberman. Joe is a very nice man, but his actions have been very harmful to Connecticut and America. This is why it's looking increasingly likely that he'll be replaced.

On another note, maybe I could expand one of my articles for you for front-page display?

7/22/2006 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stil doesn't matter how much you try to chenge the subject. We won't let people forget that you're still...


liebermanforlieberman: Deriding stem cell research as frivolous since 2006.

7/22/2006 9:02 AM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

Holy Halliburton - Lieberman is in Bad Shape

I think with all of the hubbub and hullabaloo last week, and all of the Lieberman campaign's incredible gaffes, it was already clear which way the wind was blowing.

But this really is amazing..

A poster on DailyKos has reported current Rasmussen numbers on the CT-Sen race. They're mind-blowing:

For the primary: NED 51% JOE 41%
For the general: NED 40% JOE 40% GOP CAND 13%

And the campaign hasn't even started yet

Looks like the truth may set Lieberman free...

7/22/2006 9:05 AM  
Blogger matt said...

Actually, I have invited a pro-Lamont reader who posts here to come and contribute for my site in the near future (he can reveal himself if he chooses, but I won't "out" him).

I can appreciate the comments of people who disagree with me as long as they are thoughtful, insightful, at least minimally researched, and don't report speculation as fact. You should try it sometime.

7/22/2006 9:30 AM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

LIEBERDEM: I am sorry this is so hard for you.

But the simple truth is that people seem to be concluding that it doesn't make much sense to have a neoconservative in our Senate seat at this particular time.

Of course, I agree with that perspective wholeheartedly.

7/22/2006 9:37 AM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

Local Media Slams Lieberman on Halliburton

Finally, a spade has been called a spade on the scandalous Lieberman Halliburton hypocrisy I reported last week:

"Thumbs down to U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn., and his campaign. The senator's campaign staff recently released several ads critizing Lieberman's Democratic primary opponent, anti-war businessman Ned Lamont, for owning shares of Halliburton, a company the government has awarded billions of dollars in Iraq war contracts to. Lieberman told the Connecticut Post editorial board last week that, "It's important that apeople know where you get your income from." Lieberman should have taken his own advice. According to a news report in the Post Friday, it turns out the senator also owns shares in Halliburton. While his staff says that Lieberman was unaware he owned any Halliburton stock, it seems questionable that his campaign never raised the Halliburton issue without first checking Lieberman's own stock holdings. Hopefully the senator's campaign will exercise better discretion in the future."

Link:
http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=2253

Why won't Lieberman talk about the issues?

Could it be because of his record?

7/22/2006 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Joe's a neoconservative. Do you even know what a neoconservative is? Unless you're just making the anti-Semetic comment that any pro-war Jew is a neoconservative (and I don't think you are), you're not fooling anyone.

7/22/2006 10:04 AM  
Blogger SeedFreak said...

I don't consider myleftnut local media.

7/22/2006 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously.

7/22/2006 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sadly l4l looks to be right, this was in connpost

7/22/2006 10:37 AM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

Anonymous: It's Joe Lieberman that's been fooling people. But don't worry, we're here to help people figure that out.

7/22/2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger SeedFreak said...

Duh! Joe has not had an anti-war campaign.

If Lamont is anti-war of course it's going to be objectionable to many that he's profiting by it. Looks like the war really isn't so objectionable that he was able to suck in his gut and keep his shares of Halliburton stock. It this inconsistancy which puts his money where his mouth was which is genuinely nauseating.

As I said before--with Lamont it's okay to be against the war, but its far better to profit from it.

7/22/2006 11:04 AM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

It's important to remember that Joe "Stay and Pray" Lieberman is the war profiteer in this race.

While Joe has actively supported the war and even voted for it in the Senate, Lieberman's campaign is also being directly financed by megabucks defense contractor contributions

Lamont has (or had at one time) a puny $15-$50K Halliburton position.

That's a pretty big difference.

7/22/2006 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord Lieberman is the Dean Scream of 2006

7/22/2006 1:10 PM  
Blogger SeedFreak said...

Insincerity IS the postition that Lamont should run from as fast as he can.

Even his own man said they took a wack on it.

7/22/2006 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They both look like hypocrites with Halliburton, which is why it's so funny that L4L is trying to excuse Lamont's "I'm against the war, but don't mind profiting from it" position. Lieberman's accepting money from the defense industry is hardly objectionable since the man serves on the Armed Services committee. He's also gotten money from veterans groups. He supports their causes. So what?

Lamont's a hypocrite for criticizing the war while profiting from it. Lieberman's campaign is hypocritical for criticizing Lamont while they had stock too.

They're both hypocrites, but L4L doesn't care about pointing out Lamont's hypocrisies. That's because he's...

"liebermanforlieberman": Deriding stem cell research as frivolous since 2006.

7/22/2006 2:36 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

Joe Lieberman is Dead Wrong!

Here is a very powerful video from by the 15 year-old prodigy Ava Lowery. This video cuts to the chase and shows dramatically why people in Connecticut and all across America are so passionate about holding Joe Lieberman to account.

Link:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=wRL9NFkgDkU

7/22/2006 2:59 PM  
Blogger ZamboniGuy said...

Oh come, you cite a troll as "proof" of something? It's about more than Iraq; it's about America.

7/22/2006 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hell, the lieberdems are the trolls on this site

7/22/2006 3:10 PM  
Anonymous CentristDem said...

Why don't any of you talk about the topic of the post? You know, Claire McCaskill. The woman who could actually help the Dems get a majority.

7/22/2006 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talent just released a really pathetic ad:

"Most people don't care if you're red or blue, Republican or Democrat," the announcer says. "They don't use words like partisan or obstructionist. They care about getting things done, knowing the difference between what's right and what's wrong."

Wow. He's not legally insane. That qualifies him to be a Senator.

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/politics/15085778.htm

7/22/2006 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Badger said...

Is anyone really surprised that Ned Lamont's supporters (or should I say the "anti-war movement") is so callous? After all, didn't their great heroine Cindy Sheehan complain that the hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast states last summer were just "bad weather" and not deserving of air time?

7/22/2006 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord Lieberman is the Dean Scream of 2006

7/22/2006 9:02 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

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7/22/2006 9:44 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

This is what Joe Lieberman Calls A "Single Issue"

Our brave men and woman in the Military deserve a government that will value their life and loyalty and not leave them stranded in a bloody civil war so that politicians like Lieberman can claim to make a "principled" stand. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Lieberman still claims that Bush's Iraq Policy is working.

Lieberman is lying:

"Gloom descends on Iraqi leaders as civil war looms

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi leaders have all but given up on holding the country together and, just two months after forming a national unity government, talk in private of "black days" of civil war ahead.

Signalling a dramatic abandonment of the U.S.-backed project for Iraq, there is even talk among them of pre-empting the worst bloodshed by agreeing to an east-west division of Baghdad into Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim zones, senior officials told Reuters."

And the democracy-haters criticize us for being callous?

7/22/2006 10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't hate democracy. We want all CT voters to have a chance to send Sen. Lieberman back to office.

Besides, it's laughable to listen to advice on the value of life from...

"liebermanforlieberman": Deriding stem cell research as frivolous since 2006.

7/22/2006 10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord Lieberman is the Dean Scream of 2006

7/23/2006 7:49 AM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

Even His Friends Say It's Time For Joe to Go

Joe's unwavering support of and cheerleading for the monstrous War of Iraqi Lieberation has cost him the support of even his friends. Irving Stolberg, former speaker of the state House and long-time friend and supporter of Lieberman, urges voters to elect Lamont:

"I have supported [Joe] in every election he has had - until now. This year I am supporting Ned Lamont to unseat Joe. Almost four decades of friendship with Joe has made this a wrenching decision for me.

...On the two biggest issues of our times, he is dead wrong.

His blind support of the Iraq war, begun illegally and a continuing catastrophe, is monstrous.

And his defense of an incompetent president, a vice president who fits the dictionary definition of fascism and an extremist administration that has perpetrated torture, illegal eavesdropping and a general shredding of the Constitution is insulting to the people who elected him in the first place."

Irving's gut-wrenching article appears in today's Hartford Courant.

7/23/2006 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Republicans keep the Senate and the House, Dailykos - and all those who support it - will be to blame. By placing so much emphasis on CT - a safe Democratic seat - over seats where we can defeat Republicans, they show themselves as Bush's favorite Democrats. Thank you for this site, and for trying to restore some sanity. I hope it's enough.

7/23/2006 10:53 PM  

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