Friday Morning Open Thread

Good morning.

It’s the final weekend before the elections. Tomorrow, Stewart and Colbert are hosting their rally for sanity and/or fear on the Mall. Seems like everyone I know has someone from out of town coming to DC for this event. Now, you know, most of the traditional media won’t get this rally. It falls outside of the carefully crafted view of who should engage in American politics.

The President is heading out of town today. First, he’s heading to Beltsville, Maryland to do another event on the economy. Then, he’s going to Virginia to campaign for Rep. Tom Perriello. That guy has been in a very tough race, but he’s been fighting every step of the way. The campaign website is here.

Biden will in Dubuque, Iowa at a rally for Rep. Bruce Braley.

Iowa has a critical election for marriage equality on the ballot. Iowa voters are given the opportunity to retain Supreme Court Justices. Three of them are facing retention votes this year. And, the right wingers want to prevent those three Justices from serving because of their same-sex marriage decision. The haters are in a frenzy over this, led by the National Organization for Marriage. This week, Tony Perkins and Rick Santorum were campaigning with NOM. More here. If you want to help fight NOM, Perkins and Santorum, the Freedom Fund could use some help with its last-minute online ad buy. The Freedom Fund’s ActBlue page is here. The haters never miss a chance to fight progress. I hope our side was ready for this one.

Four more days…


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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