The Death Rattle of Tom Daschle

Discussion in 'Elections' started by peledre, Nov 2, 2004.

  1. peledre

    peledre Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Sioux Falls, SD
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    United States
    I'm sure this is going to be a thread-happy day in the politics forum, but this needs your attention.

    In a last ditch effort to steal the election, Thomas A. Daschle personally sued his opponent John R. Thune, trying to get Republican poll-watchers excluded from all the polling sites statewide, alleging voter intimidation on the reservations via, get this, aggressive eye rolling and note taking by Republican poll-watchers.

    I'm not making this up.

    Here's a Live-Blogged Report from a blogger who was in the courtroom for the proceedings

    The short version is that the case was a complete farce, the judge hearing the case is a longtime friend of Daschle's who actually represented Daschle in '78 during the first lawsuit that got Tom elected, and who was appointed to the bench by Daschle himself.

    They only called one witness who had been in South Dakota for all of 48 hours, a Deaniac from Iowa who got absolutely ripped to shreds on the stand.

    The judge ruled that Rep. poll watchers could not write down the liscense numbers of voters in one county in SD.
     
  2. Chris M.

    Chris M. Member+

    Jan 18, 2002
    Chicago
    So, if Katherine Harris were in SD, and she had a license plate number imprinted on her ass, would she be in violation of the court order? ;)
     
  3. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
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    http://www.argusleader.com/news/Tuesdayarticle1.shtml

    "Republican poll workers in Lake Andes were intimidating Native American voters on Monday, a federal judge ruled early today.

    Republicans may not write down license plate numbers or follow Native Americans from polling places during today's election, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol ruled in a temporary restraining order."

    Gee, why would people find it intimidating for strangers to tail their cars after they've voted? :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
  4. Crimen y Castigo

    May 18, 2004
    OakTown
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    Jim? Jim Crow, is that you?!!

    JIMBO!! You old bastard, where the hell you been dude?

    Florida.... ? Ooooooh, right.... Hey, nice tan.

    Well, I'm sure you're busy today, so I'll let you go. Hey, by the way, I'm mighty thirsty...got a firehose on ya?
    HAH! Just kiddin, ya! Take care, Jim, old boy.
     
  5. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
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    We'll trade you Daschle's head for Dubya's. Deal?
     
  6. peledre

    peledre Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Sioux Falls, SD
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    I'd take that deal in a heartbeat, honestly.
     
  7. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Orchard St, NYC
    If this was an off year, I would care a little more. Every seat in the senate counts, after all. But in 2004, when we have the most important presidential election in our lifetimes, I say BFD.

    Anyway, I want the Dem party leadership looking left, not right.
     
  8. GringoTex

    GringoTex Member

    Aug 22, 2001
    1301 miles de Texas
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    The second you cut loose Daschle, your whole state becomes a pinch of stinkbait on an appropriations committee hook.
     
  9. peledre

    peledre Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Sioux Falls, SD
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    Common urban myth.

    This country wouldn't have a 7.4 trillion defecit or whatever it is if only senate leaders bring home pork for their respective states.
     
  10. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
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    If early polls are to be believed, that's what we're getting.

    Daschle is an Wuss Democrat. As long as Republicans threw him a bone every once in a while, he'd roll over for the worst legislation put forth by Lott / Frist. We need to establish consensus on some important things but the idea of consensus is to make legislation better, not accept blindly bad pro-SD amendments attached to bad bills.

    Get ready for gridlock, kids.
     
  11. peledre

    peledre Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Sioux Falls, SD
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    And why would they be writing down plate numbers of vans trucking in Indian voters?

    Because in '02 many Indians were paid between $10-$20 and trucked in by vans to polling places to vote for democrats.

    And puhlease don't believe anything the Argus Leader reports, their journalistic integrity is laughable even by New York Times/Jayson Blair standards.
     
  12. IntheNet

    IntheNet New Member

    Nov 5, 2002
    Northern Virginia
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    Like so many Democrats, Tom Daschle ignored his state base of constituents; he's gone... John R. Thune is likely elected... and another big-time Democrat hist the skids... trading his state reputation for power in Washington!

    Bye bye Daschle... wish you could take Leahy and Kennedy with you!

    IntheNet
    Bush/Cheney in 2004
    GO DC United
     
  13. Roel

    Roel Member

    Jan 15, 2000
    Santa Cruz mountains
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    Gridlock would be better than the current porkfest. If we lose Daschle and Bush today, it will be my happiest day as a political observer, ever!
     
  14. argentine soccer fan

    Staff Member

    Jan 18, 2001
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    Me too. Especially when they are crossing a busy street in London, England.:D
     
  15. peledre

    peledre Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Sioux Falls, SD
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    Early exit polling showing Thune up by 4 in the eastern part of the state which is inline with the latest polls.
     
  16. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    Wow, I never expected Michael Jackson nose jobs to catch on in South Dakota of all places.
     
  17. peledre

    peledre Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Sioux Falls, SD
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    Bump, for obvious reasons.

    In the end, Thune defeated Daschle by a margin of about 4,500 votes, 51-49%.

    This is the first time a sitting Senate Leader has lost his re-election bid in 50 years. Huge pickup for the Republicans in the Senate who were already having a good night with the news from the Southern Senate Races. The Reps will in all likelihood have a 55 seat majority, and a bonus for having the Obstructionist Daschle booted down to K Street.


    EDIT: As I've been saying all along, it sounds like Harry Reid (NV) has the votes to become Minority Leader next session.
     
  18. Matt in the Hat

    Matt in the Hat Moderator
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    Sep 21, 2002
    Brooklyn
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    Glad he's gone. Toodle-loo wimp.

    I've hated his ass since his lackluster work during the impeachment.
     
  19. Chesco United

    Chesco United Member+

    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
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    Congratulations, peledre.
     
  20. Quaker

    Quaker Member+

    FC Dallas
    Apr 19, 2000
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    Very happy to see Thune elected. He was out here in the Bay Area several months ago when it looked like an uphill battle to unseat Daschle, but Thune was optimistic. Got to meet him. Quality guy.
     
  21. bojendyk

    bojendyk New Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    South Loop, Chicago
    And with that, South Dakota vanishes off the map. Nice work, guys! Enjoy having a junior senator!
     
  22. sch2383

    sch2383 New Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Can't say it bothers me too much. Daschle was such a weak and ineffective leader that I would rather have one fewer Senator if it meant the leader had some balls and all jokes aside, that person might just be Hillary.
     
  23. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Orchard St, NYC
    Not too bothered.

    Dashle did the worst imitation of a Democrat, ever. Good riddance.
     
  24. Quaker

    Quaker Member+

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    Apr 19, 2000
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    Well, if you're hoping to get a more liberal senator than Daschle out of South Dakota, all I can say is good luck with that.
     
  25. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Orchard St, NYC
    Oh, I know. I'm just saying, he wasn't that good a fit as the minority leader.
     

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