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The Great Falls Tribune endorses Tester: “With state Sen. Tester you get an earnest and articulate man who we see lacking in one main area: seniority. However, his time in the Legislature and in an almost year-long campaign, has demonstrated good sense, a grasp of issues, and priorities that reflect those of mainstream Montana. If you know Jon Tester, it’s laughable to imagine him as a “tool of East Coast liberals” like Ted Kennedy or Hillary Clinton, as his critics maintain.” Huge endorsement for Tester.

Burns: “I’ve never raised taxes.” Burns’ record: “Bite me.” Wonkette snarks over the video.

The Conservative Voice predicts Burns will lose his seat. To give you an idea of how dire Burns’ situation looks to conservatives, the author also predicts the GOP will retain the House, and that Maryland’s Michael Steele (down by 12 points in the latest poll) will defeat incumbent Ben Cardin.

Burns running as a Democrat? He’s using Max Baucus in his ads – but Baucus wants none of that: “It misleads Montana voters and it implies that I don’t support Jon Tester. I strongly support Jon Tester. I think he’s the better man.”

Buzztail endorses Monica Lindeen.

Shane on the legislative races.

Pogie again finds fault with the Montana Standard and its editor, Gerry O’Brien.

Courtney Lowery has a roundup of Western political links.

GOP abandons another Republican seat. This time CO 7.

The notorious Mark T finds a fantastic letter smiting Christian fundamentalists. A creationist spams the comments. Hilarity ensues.

Next, the notorious Mark T defends habeas corpus. What’s really pathetic is that it needs defending.

Joey Galloway: “This unseemly circus and its clowns in Congress can’t go away fast enough and with enough dishonor and disgrace to suit the circumstances. Their place in America’s history is secure: They will go down as the worst administration and the worst Congress we’ve ever had. Period.”

Digby on the voters who are leaving the Republican Party. It’s not the Christian Right.

Another angry liber—er, conservative. Isn’t the President and his staff supposed to represent the entire country? And how can you do that by despising about 50 percent of its inhabitants?

Why the Mark Foley scandal matters: the GOP leadership thought that holding onto the seat was more important than protecting underage pages.

Ho hum. Yet another brewing GOP scandal. Is there anything these guys won’t try to make a buck off of?

Ho hum. Yet another example of Halliburton violating federal regulations.

House majority leader John Boehner: “Rumsfeld is the best thing that’s happened to the Pentagon in 25 years.” Remember, these are the guys making policy in DC. Had enough?

Economy slows to a crawl. (Not that 98% of us were feeling any effect of the “rebound.”) Who’s at fault? According to prominent Republicans, the media.

David Sirota considers the Democratic Party’s upcoming tangles after the election, win or lose.

Global warming to destroy global economy?

Lynne Cheney attacks Wolf Blitzer’s patriotism; Blitzer responds. Oops. Bonehead move by the VP’s wife.

Fox News’ commentator Col. Hunt endorses Jim Webb over George Allen. Watch Sean Hannity’s head explode.

O’Reilly handed his *ss on Letterman. Watch as an earnest, confused Letterman tangles with a right-wing demagogue who tries to over-simplify Iraq and put words in Dave’s mouth. Watch Dave bite back.

Dep’t of the obvious: Rush Limbaugh just doesn’t know when to shut up.

New York Times reporter Stephen Labaton has an excellent article on how a group of powerful business executives have gotten together–with the blessing of the Bush administration–to gut regulations designed to improve the transparency of corporate finance that were created in the wake of Enron and Worldcom since, according to members of the group “corruption cases like Enron and WorldCom are falling out of the news.” Even Ben Stein, former Nixon speechwriter and current Republican activist, is pissed.

The proposals would make it more difficult to criminally prosecute corporate malfeasance and make it nearly impossible for shareholders to file civil suits alleging fraudulent investor relations. They are being timed to avoid public scrutiny as much as possible–“People involved in the committees said that the timing of the proposals was being dictated by the political calendar: closely following Election Day and as far away as possible from the 2008 elections.” They are also being crafted to avoid as little oversight as possible: “Most changes will be proposed through regulation, said [committee member and Columbia Business School Dean R. Glenn Hubbard], because ‘the current political environment is simply not ripe for legislation.’”

The proposals resemble an inside job. Treasury Department official Robert K. Steel, the brand-new deputy secretary for domestic finance, was on one of the private sector panels formulating policy changes until he was sworn into his new job last week. In his new post, he’ll be evaluating his own recommendations. Steel was appointed by the new Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, a former chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs who’s already spoken favorably about the plans to change the regulations.

The really amazing thing about all this is that it represents a move by the most well-off–Wall Street financiers and big-name accountants–against the slightly less well-off shareholders whose scrutiny and potential litigation the big names are looking to avoid. Talk about class warfare: how about a brazen use of political influence to increase the power of the very few at the expense of the more numerous but less well-connected? It’s enough to cast the whole enterprise of government into shadow.

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The latest Rasmussen poll is out and its results are interesting, to say the least. Tester: 51%; Burns: 47%.

The difference between the two candidates is, as always, in the margin of error.

The thing I find interesting about this poll is the small number of undecided voters: 2%. That gibes with the feeling I got when walking around my neighborhood ringing doorbells. People have heard enough. People have heard too much. They’ve mostly made up their minds.

It’s also nice to Jon break the magic 50% barrier. But the Rasmussen trend also shows Burns’ numbers steadily growing, up from around 42-3% where he’s been hovering for months.

But remember, this is a poll, only a poll. They are known to be wrong. Use it as inspiration. Don’t let it make you complacent. This final week is critical. There are just a handful of voters still undecided, and they may swing this election.

Here’s what we all need to do: we need to get out there and put a face on Tester-mania. If you haven’t volunteered yet, do it. Now. Put aside your doubt and insecurities. It’s believing time. It’s not often you can say you stood up and spoke out and made a difference. Now’s that time.

Volunteer.

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