Archive for February 1st, 2011


(UPDATE) Following Mubarak’s speech a large contingent of pro-Mubarak protesters have come out and confronted the demonstrators in Alaxandria with the military trying to keep the two crowds apart.

I’ve been glued to Al Jazeera’s live coverage of Egypt all day long at work today and while the security forces have pulled back in the last several days, Dictator Mubarak himself is not.  Only about 30 minutes ago Mubarak addressed the crowds through state television and in the face of a week of unrest, hundreds if not thousands dead, and a military that is ostensibly protecting the right of the Egyptian people to protest Mubarak said he would not step down until after the end of his current term as president.  The crowd never let him finish, shouting the broadcast down with calls of “Get Out! Get Out!”  So neither the large crowds nor the President appear willing to back down at this point.

If your interested in what is going on, I highly suggest heading over to Al Jazeera.  They certainly have the best coverage even as the Egyptian government has revoked their broadcast license and shutdown their Cairo offices.

By Duganz

Roll Call broke the news last night:

“It’s happening Saturday,” said a knowledgeable Montana GOP political operative. “He’s running. There is a lot of support and enthusiasm back home, and Denny knows he can win.”

…The operative offered some internal Rehberg polling numbers showing the Montana Republican in a statistical tie with Tester in a prospective 2012 matchup.

The Opinion Diagnostics survey of 400 likely Montana voters showed 49 percent backing Rehberg compared with 43 percent for Tester and 8 percent undecided. In a three-way matchup featuring Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer running as an independent, Rehberg led 44 percent to Tester’s 28 percent and Schweitzer’s 18 percent. Eleven percent were undecided.

The poll, conducted Jan. 5, has a margin of error of 4.65 percent.

Rehberg will make the announcement at Saturday’s Lincoln/Reagan dinner in Helena. Tea party darling Rep. Michele Bachman (R-Minn.) is also expected to attend.

So I read these bits, and once I stopped vomiting (Rehberg, groan; Bachman, double-goran), I read this tidbit from KXLH, the Helena-based CBS affiliate:

Brian Barrett, communications director of Rehberg for Congress, released the following statement on Tuesday morning: “Denny has received a lot of support and encouragement to run for the United States Senate in 2012. He is weighing all of his options carefully and will announce his decision Saturday.”

Roll Call also noted that Steve Daines would be moving to the House race, leaving the Republican Millionaire ticket wide open.

This isn’t shocking to anyone who reads or posts on this blog, or any Montanan for that matter. We’ve known for a while that Rehberg was gearing up to run for the Senate (after years of doing nothing in the House, he obviously wants SIX years to do nothing in the Senate).

I’m worried for Tester. It’s going to be an ugly race, and he’s a decent human being. How can a decent human being stand a chance against a man who prides himself on hanging out with filth and scum? A man who writes more earmarks before breakfast than you can shake a stick at, and still has the audacity to claim he’s earmark free? I know I’ve had some recent issues with Tester (The DREAM Act was a good thing, and you should have voted yes!), but with Rehberg? Oh boy…what an asshole shitbag.

Let the debate begin…

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