Is Today Day One, Too?

5 Nov

Barack Obama is the President-elect. This is not only obviously historic, but Obama’s election, paired with the Democratic gains in the House and Senate serve as a repudiation of Bushism and what the Republican Party has become. Americans are a pretty middle-of-the-road bunch, and Obama ran not only an incredibly disciplined and innovative race, but a centrist race. He paired a strong platform with inspiration. The Republican Party, now due for some soul-searching and change of its own, will have to decide whether it moves back to the center in order to regain those independent voters who flocked pretty solidly to Obama, or whether it will embrace the Palin wing of the party, becoming more divisive, incurious, and Christianist. I think success lies in the former, and disaster looms in the latter.

NY-26: Chris Lee
I wish Lee well and hope he proves me wrong, but I have a feeling that Lee’s representation of the 26th District – which I fully expect to be a temp job – will make us pine for the days of Tom Reynolds’ steady leadership and limitless constituent accessibility. Lee’s platform was about as light on details and facts as any that was out there, and to this day I still think that Powers was the only primary candidate who could have given Lee a big scare last night. It was not for nothing that Domagalski held a press conference during the Democratic primary to smear Jon Powers – the Republicans were petrified of him. He was a former Republican Iraq War vet. You couldn’t smear him with anything more than War Kids – which paled in comparison to what Lee did when he was employed by Ingram Micro. Kryzan, I fear, was more of an almost stereotypical liberal who easy pickins for a well-funded, charismatic Republican businessman. The 26th is not just a Republican district, but even among the Democrats, it’s a pretty conservative district. Kryzan had a much steeper hill to climb once she won that primary than Powers would have. Powers appealed to that conservatism more than Kryzan did, and he had a better army of supporters on the ground throughout the district. Unfortunately, Powers ran a poor primary campaign, and made some very bad choices and tactical errors. There is one additional reason why the Democrats lost NY-26 this year, and that is the execrable Jack Davis, whose name should never stain my lips again.

SD-58: Bill Stachowski
The New York State Senate has flipped to the Democrats, so Stachowski will now be the Chairman of the Finance Committee. Let’s hope he starts making some noise in Albany that brings about positive change for New York in general, and WNY in particular. He won this one – but it was close.

SD-59: Dale Volker
Ugh. Dale Volker didn’t run a campaign, he waged a war of personal destruction so vicious and so nasty that he truly doesn’t deserve another penny of public money. Kathy Konst, who has an actual and genuine record of independence and reform, didn’t run an aggressive enough campaign against Volker, and she was woefully underfunded. Volker now is in a similar position to Reynolds in 2006 – clout faded, reputation damaged, I hope the Democrats go after him again next time around, and start building the money and organization they need to do that immediately. Volker’s viciousness will have a chilling effect on people getting involved in politics for quite some time, I’m afraid.

SD-61: Mike Ranzenhofer
Mike Ranzenhofer has a negligible record in his 20 years in the County Legislature, and now we’ve given him a promotion and a better pension? This is bizarro world meritocracy. Ultimately, I think Mesi ran as good a race as he possibly could have. It was aggressive, hitting Ranzenhofer on all the right issues. I think Mesi was unpolished in debates and public speaking, as one might expect from a first-timer running against a 20-year veteran legislator and lawyer. I think Mesi definitely has a future in politics, and he will improve over time.

Responsible New York
Golisano and Pigeon spent how many millions of dollars, and sent how many pieces of lit, and funded how many radio and TV ads during the primaries? Yet during the general election, RNY was comparatively absent and silent. It acted as a well-funded, more moderate Primary Challenge, but to a degree abdicated its mission during the all-important general election. I don’t get what they were thinking in October.

Robo-Calls
I hope and pray that the robo-calls that went out Sunday and Monday throughout WNY are investigated. None of them had a “paid for by” statement at the end of them, and they were offensive to the nth degree. I got anti-Mesi robo-calls on Sunday, and received an anti-Ranzenhofer robo-call on Monday. Whoever arranged for either of them should be exposed.

Negative Campaigns: The shitstain awards go to:

1. The DCCC: You know, if you’re going to run ads in the district, consult with some people in the district before you produce them. You ran shitty-ass ads for Higgins 4 years ago against Naples, and you ran shitty-ass ads for Kryzan this year. They were relentless, repetitive, unpersuasive, and seemed to me to be written by some cool Washington kids who never set foot in WNY and didn’t really know what our concerns are.

2. Dale Volker: Nothing says “fuck you, voters” like what Volker did to DiPietro in September and Kathy Konst in October. What it underscored is that Volker has an absolutely empty record to run on in his almost 4 decades in Albany, and he feels a sense of entitlement to that seat.

3. Chris Lee campaign: Just a Republican version of the horrific DCCC ads, only done by Lee, for Lee, ostensibly by someone locally. Yes, he won, but the ads were just atrocious.

4. Anybody running anonymous hit pieces: Dishonorable mention to anyone and everyone who does robo-calls, lit drops, or any other sort of campaigning without disclosing who’s paying for it.

63 Responses to “Is Today Day One, Too?”

  1. buffalomom November 5, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    So, does Mesi run for Ranzehofer’s County seat or against Michele Iannello? I don’t think he’s going away and his name recognition is very high after all the $ spent on his race.

    Can’t wait for the next census and darwing new districts that favor the Ds! Yippeee!

  2. buffalomom November 5, 2008 at 11:05 am #

    ps who’s the moron at the buffalo news who put the caption under Ranzenhofer “NEWCOMER.” 20 years of fail don’t count for anything?

  3. LC Scotty November 5, 2008 at 11:08 am #

    Congratulations folks. I hope that time proves you all right and me wrong about President-Elect Obama.

  4. pirate's code November 5, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    The day after an election always makes me long for the time-honored tradition of the Stanley Cup playoffs — two teams whack the shit out of each other until a winner is decided, then meet at center ice for a handshake. This country, and especially WNY, could use something like that after this election season.

    buffalomom — I’d offer that Mesi had pretty high name recognition before a single penny was spent on the campaign. As did Delano. Both lost. You have to bring something else to the table.

    And, please tell me you understand that district gerrymandering has favored both parties in the Excelsior State — that deals have been struck over the years where we’ll protect your guy if you agree to protect ours. The Dems in NY could take a lesson from the failed GOP strategies nationally — if you completely disenfranchise the other side, you risk the almost inevitable backlash.

    I’m a Republican, but have never been a “vote the line” person. I fear that the extreme right wingnuts have already taken control of the party, and right now I’m at a loss as to how to get it back. With full Dem control of the state, I have the same fear for the other side.

    Congratulations to President-elect Obama. I feel good having voted for him. I hope both sides exhibit the grace shown by both presidential candidates last night.

  5. Adam K. November 5, 2008 at 11:38 am #

    36-1, Joe.

    Michele Iannello would have won. I guarantee it.

    Congratulations to Chris Lee. I disagree pundit, he can not possibly be as big an embarrassment as Tom “lets let Foley keep on keeping on with the teenage boys” Reynolds. That said, this was ours for the taking, and is a perfect example of why the NY primary needs to be moved back 2 months.

    The DCCC ran great ads here in Ohio, where I’ve been living since we lost the primary. The anti-Lee ads, however, were atrocious.

    RNY failed because they were run by a failure, Steve Pigeon. He lost every single competitive race while he was county chair; shocker he lost this one.

  6. WNYPMH November 5, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    Negative campaigning has been around since the dawn of the Republic, but, man oh man, does it get nasty in WNY.

    Did anyone see Chris Lee’s acceptance on Channel 2? The man is clearly clueless about what needs to happen next. I agree with Pundit. I’d rather have Reynolds, and I am not a fan of his at all.

  7. WNYPMH November 5, 2008 at 11:41 am #

    I am sorry, it was his interview after his acceptance that stnghtened my opinion that he is clueless.

  8. mike November 5, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    Pirate are you going to write the next letter about being lost in the woods?

  9. STEEL November 5, 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    It is so great to look forward to having a president who is intelligent, thoughtful, and deliberative.

    These last eight years have been extremely destructive to our country.

  10. Russell November 5, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    I agree that the Republicans have to do some major soul searching, but I’m not so sure it’ll be directed the way Pundit and pirate think. As Mary Matalin and others have pointed out, the Republican party has had more trouble as it has gotten further away from its conservative core. There’s no doubt W has been far from a conservative and his policies of the last few years and especially last few months have been even further from conservatism. And no one could ever accuse John McCain of being a conservative. Since 1980 the Republicans were successful mostly because of a conservative agenda. A return to that successful strategy would probably be more likely.

    I wish Obama well and congratulation him and his team on an incredible strategy. The Wall Street Journal’s website has an interesting interactive map where you can look at each state and see the county breakdown and how it compares to 2004. This really illustrates his strategy and its success.

    Now that the election is over, can we start some armchair quarterbacking on governing? I just gotta say that it’ll be difficult for anyone to live up to the hype Obama is under. Reagan was not Reagan in November 1980. He didn’t get this kind of support ’til 1984. JFK wasn’t JFK and Camelot and all that ’til well after he was assassinated. It’ll be rough to be viewed that way before you’ve even earned it. On top of that, I think it will be very difficult to maintain the support of the coalition of voters Obama put together for this victory. He made some impressive inroads into some Republican strongholds. Holding onto those while keeping the traditional left-leaning areas happy would be a difficult tight rope walk for any politician. History has also shown us that large electoral victories most often lead to scandal during that term.

    In the end, Obama and the left-leaning Congress may turn out to be the bestfriend and savior of the Republican party in 2010. That’s a long way off right now, though. For today, enjoy Obama’s and your party’s impressive and historic victory. Let’s all hope that once again America has been able to elect the right man at just the right time as it always seems to have a knack for. Enjoy the parties January 20th.

  11. Russell November 5, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    congratulate not congratulation, sorry.

  12. wizards cousin mizard November 5, 2008 at 12:41 pm #

    BP – I’d have to completely disagree about the “poor primary” from Powers. The guy raised over a million dollars as a no-name candidate in his late 20’s. He was slammed by a crazy old fart who dropped $ 1.5 million in negative ad’s & mailers, and Kryzan pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes by saying she was the only “positive person” – her lies were shown day 1 after the primary when she started taking special interest money and ran negative ad’s (yes she ran negative ads along with the DCCC).

    Powers mistake was not jumping on the War Kid’s lie/smears from Davis, Kryzan, & the Republicans. One mistake does not lead to a poor primary run.

  13. pirate's code November 5, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    @mike — “Pirate are you going to write the next letter about being lost in the woods?”

    I sometimes wax philosophical, but not THAT much. For now I’ll stick with my desire for a post-election handshake line at center ice.

  14. The Humanist November 5, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    And right on cue….the hilarious “conservativism didn’t lose yesterday, bad conservatives did” meme crops up.

    Conservatives controlled all three branches of governmment for the better part of this decade and it resulted in TOTAL FAILURE. Why on earth would we put people whose core philosophy is to weaken and demonize the federal government….in charge of running that government?

    Conservatives need to own their many, many failures. Trying to run and hide or engaging in delusional thinking (“W was not a conservative”…lol) will not work.

  15. buffaloobserver November 5, 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    A great day nationally only tempered by the spanking Voelker gave Kathy Konst, and the fact that the DUD Ranzenhofer gets elevated to the State Senate. Oh well, I guest there is a silver lining in that one because now maybe the voters in his county legislative district might finally have someone representing them who actually cares.

  16. mike November 5, 2008 at 1:36 pm #

    I sure hope we can have a few months of blogging on important stuff like food,(Viking Lobster), until the next election cycle.

  17. Russell November 5, 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    mizard, fundraising is not campaigning. Just because the national party raised over $1MM for Powers does not mean he ran a good campaign. Maybe the fundraising was good, but that’s all the more reason to say the campaign was lousy. He certainly had the cash to run a successful campaign, but he didn’t.

    Humanist, no one demonized the federal government more than our Founding Fathers, especially the likes of Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the Democractic party. Many of our greatest leaders weakened that government including Reagan and JFK. George W. Bush, on the other hand, strengthened it and grew it to levels never seen before.

  18. The Wizard November 5, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    Jon Powers would have beaten Lee, even with all the mud that was thrown at him in the Primary. Alice Kryzan was emabrassed last night. An open seat in a HUGE Dem year and you can’t even win one fucking county?
    Don’t give me the BS about how this is such a Republican seat. It’s not. The right Dem in the right year (this year) should and would have taken this seat. Nice job Alice!

    Adam K – Are you kidding me? Iannello would have had to concede the race at 9:01 last night. It wouldn’t have been close. Mesi did well. Should have fought back harder the past 2 weeks though.

  19. wizards cousin mizard November 5, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    russell – how did the national party raise all that money for him? they weren’t on board until shortly before the primary, and only 20% of the donations were from PAC’s.

    I guess no matter what happens you’ll always just be a bitter jack ass.

  20. wizards cousin mizard November 5, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    amen wizard – Kryzan dropped the ball on a year that went “Dem” all over the country.

  21. The Wizard November 5, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    Russell – A good campaign dosn’t always mean you win and sometimes a bad campaign can win. I don’t think a loss = bad campaign.

  22. buffaloobserver November 5, 2008 at 2:15 pm #

    Powers probably would not have done much better. Look, that district was tailor made for Bill Paxon and later Tom Reynolds. As far as Ianello, who knows ? At least she had some legislative experience that voters could have judged her on. Both Delano and Mesi were pegged as celebrities with star power and not much else and end the end, the voters chose experience. I also think “Baby Joe” was tainted by the Pigeon association and Tom G’s big bucks.

  23. Russell November 5, 2008 at 2:23 pm #

    Wizard, I have no idea how you measure a good and successful campaign other than victory. Generally, FAIL = bad. Please explain.

    mizard, Jonny had major fundraisers in Chicago, LA, NYC and Washington, DC. I don’t care what percentage came from PACs. The overwhelming majority of his funds came from outside the district and WNY from party faithful throughout the country. Jonny would not have had access to those people if not for the party.

  24. mike hudson November 5, 2008 at 2:24 pm #

    “Negative Campaigns: The shitstain awards go to:

    “4. Anybody running anonymous hit pieces: Dishonorable mention to anyone and everyone who does robo-calls, lit drops, or any other sort of campaigning without disclosing who’s paying for it.”

    does this include all the powers/ianello/konst/obama staffers who have turned buffalopundit into an unofficial communications center for the anonymous spewing of garbage and venom?

    and to alan bedenko himself for allowing it to happen?

  25. Buffalopundit November 5, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    Are you apply for a job as my comment censor, Mike?

  26. Russell November 5, 2008 at 2:27 pm #

    And mizard, why does defending BP’s statement about Jonny’s campaign make me bitter or a “jack ass”? It was BP that said Jonny ran a poor campaign, I merely backed up his statement.

  27. Ward November 5, 2008 at 2:31 pm #

    Pundit — too soon to lapse into Ebonics, please, I beg of you.

  28. mike November 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm #

    Hudson is just bent because he wrote that the people of niagara county would elect Ernie Palmer as sheriff unless we were all retarded. Well I guess you got your answer Hudson!!! You must be so proud to publish a paper in such a stupid county.

  29. buffalomom November 5, 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    oh my god, make hudson go away. posting a comment on a public blog is not “running anonymous hit pieces.”

    hasn’t he been arrested or covicted of something yet? i hope soon if not. i don’t think they give convicts laptops and internet access.

  30. The Wizard November 5, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    BuffaloObserver: Jack Davis did better in 2004 against Reynolds than Alice did last night agaisnt Lee, so you’re wrong. This district, with the right candidate, would elect a Democrat. It’s not as Republican as it use to be back in the early 2000s.

  31. The Wizard November 5, 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    Hudson: this is a blog that deals with politics. It’s going to get nasty. Relax.

  32. buffalomom November 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm #

    Powers would have beat the shit out of that good for nothing Lee.

  33. Byron November 5, 2008 at 3:02 pm #

    Are there really Obama staffers on this little blog? If so: GREAT JOB FOLKS!!

  34. mike hudson November 5, 2008 at 3:10 pm #

    “Are you apply for a job as my comment censor, Mike?”

    i am be appltin like a motherfucker, bro!

  35. Russell November 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm #

    Humanist, I just read this little tidbit on CNN in an article profiling Obama’s financial brain trust. It’s talking about Robert Rubin:

    “As Treasury Secretary, he fought alongside Alan Greenspan against greater regulation of derivatives, the financial instruments that are at the root of the current economic meltdown.”
    http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2008/fortune/0806/gallery.obamas_advisors.fortune/2.html

    Rubin was not Bush’s Treasury Secretary. And wasn’t it Bill Clinton that declared the era of big government over? I think some folks on the left need to own their share of these failures, too.

  36. wizards cousin mizard November 5, 2008 at 3:29 pm #

    Hudson – Powers campaign didn’t do any anonymous lit or robo calls. Way to lie again. Put down the bottle.

    Russell – you’ve always just been bitter against Powers. I guess misery likes company and you can’t handle flying solo.

  37. Russell November 5, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    Ah, so you’re saying BP has joined me in what you call my bitterness against Powers? So that makes him a bitter “jack ass”, too?

  38. The Humanist November 5, 2008 at 4:24 pm #

    @ Russell: Of course…..one Bob Rubin equals 14 years of GOP suck in the White House and Congress. (/sarcasm)

    Scoreboard, jackass.

  39. Russell November 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    Well, it clearly states that Rubin and Greenspan were key figures in bringing about the root cause of today’s problems. So I think it’s fair to say there’s enough FAIL blame to go around. The Dems have controlled both houses for 2 years now but have not introduced one piece of legislation to bolster regulations in this area. The Dems’ hands are just as dirty as the Reps’ in all of this. It has not been 14 years of a GOP monopoly, but nice try.

  40. Russell November 5, 2008 at 4:46 pm #

    Wait a second, Humanist. If the GOP gets the blame for all the FAIL of the last 14 years, don’t they also get all the credit for all the prosperity in that period? Clintonistas, and most Dems for that matter, have been taking all the credit for the good economic times of the late 90s. Dems have been harping on that for years and it’s really reached a fever pitch over the past month. Are you saying that they’re completely mistaken in that? The balanced budgets and strong economy had to be the result of 14 years of the GOP just as much as all the bad was, right?

  41. The Humanist November 5, 2008 at 4:53 pm #

    @Russell – “key figures”, eh? Want to take one guess at who wrote the the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which actually opened the door to banks to dive into the mortgage loan biz? Why, it’s John McCain’s top financial advisor and his would-be Treasury Secretary, Senator Phil Gramm! And who’s been the champion of deregulation in the Senate for 21 years? John McMansions! Too bad we won’t have their steady hands at the wheel dealing with this financial crisis. Not.

    But please do go on complaining that both parties are to blame. In fact, I think I saw Bob Rubin himself coordinating FEMA efforts in New Orleans in late August 2005

  42. Russell November 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    You’re pathetic, but it’s the typical MO for you kids on here the past couple days. What does the economy have to do with FEMA? What does conservativism have to do with FEMA? Are you saying that Gramm, Leach and Bliley are solely responsible? Well, I guess you’re implicating McCain by association as well. That’s been part of the MO, throw everything you can on McCain. Obviously, Clinton, the president that signed the bill, has absolutely no cupability in your mind for some reason. And once again, John McCain is no conservative, so if it’s on him it’s not on conservatives, but you have a hard time understanding that.

    Now that Democrats have a virtual monopoly on power in DC, I was wondering how the party faithful were going to be able to deflect blame for any shortcomings and failures over the next few years, but now I see it. No matter what the problem, it’s because of the past working of the Republicans. Regardless of how new the issue or who controlled the House or the Senate or who occupied the White House, all the bad is because of Republicans. Wait, I thought earlier you said it was all because of conservative, but I guess you’re too open-minded to discriminate.

    But again, I have to ask, if all the bad over the past 14 years is because of the Republicans don’t they deserve all the credit for the good, too?

  43. Russell November 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    Oh, and Greenspan named himself one of the key figures and so did the committee’s Democratic leadership a couple weeks ago when they grilled him on this. I did not hear anyone mention Gramm or McCain in that hearing, though. I also didn’t hear any mention of FEMA or New Orleans in that hearing either, but I’m sure it relates in some way since you had to bring it up.

    And I merely stated a fact that CNN reported about Rubin. I’m sure in your mind you know better than CNN and your own party’s leadership, but for now I’ll take their word over yours.

  44. The Humanist November 5, 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    @Russell – you’ll notice a difference with Democrats in power – we are accountable and responsible for what we do. Bill Clinton was rightly criticized for signing that godawful piece of shit act. He signed a lot of piece of shit bills and I will certainly not say his was a perfect administration. But he wasn’t running for President this year – John McCain (and all his superpals like Gramm) was.

    You are incapable of defending Republican incomptetence and failure without throwing out some cockamamie false equivalence to Democrats.

    The “14 years” I referenced were a mix of the GOP control over both houses for most of 1994-2006 and the Bush White House years (2001-present). What “good” in the last decade are Republicans so proud about? Making sure the folks in lower Manhattan have a clear view of the Hudson without those pesky skyscrapers in the way?

  45. Ward November 5, 2008 at 6:20 pm #

    As a former minion of Robert Rubin when he was CEO of Citigroup I have a distinct recollection that, when he wasn’t carrying water for Bill Clinton and Jesse Jackson, he was doing his best to smooth the regulatory path for his company to blow its wad in the loan structuring scam. The results can be seen in its stock performance.

    Days before Rubin left the Clinton Administration in 1999 the President signed into law the Glass Steagel Act, which paved the way for the Travelers-Citigroup merger, and later, the subprime mortgage crisis. Who joins Citigroup days later? Bobbie!

    After he took some time off he came back to Citigroup a year ago, and was back to his old tricks. This time he denied that his company or the financial industry was on the verge of any kind of meltdown. Rather, he said it was “all part of a cycle of periodic excess leading to periodic disruption.”
    http://money.cnn.com/2008/01/31/news/economy/rubin_benner.fortune/

    To paraphrase GWB in another context, “Heck of a job, Bobbie!” I’m sure he’ll do likewise as Barry’s Treasury Secretary. Talk about change you can count on!

  46. Timothy Domst November 5, 2008 at 7:23 pm #

    buffalomom Says:
    November 5th, 2008 at 2:50 pm
    oh my god, make hudson go away. posting a comment on a public blog is not “running anonymous hit pieces.”

    hasn’t he been arrested or covicted of something yet? i hope soon if not. i don’t think they give convicts laptops and internet access.

    I say:

    If managing to publish a scrappy little paper in an area with shrinking population is a crime, Hudson will be in prison for years.

  47. wizards cousin mizard November 5, 2008 at 7:33 pm #

    Russell – why do you continue to lie and make things up? I never said BP was joining your ranks. I respect him too much to insult him like that. I said I disagreed with his statement.

    You just are crazy, and a bitter jack-ass all by yourself. Perhaps you’re not smart enough to understand the “misery loves company” comment, it means you’re trying to be-little Powers to take him down to your low life level.

    And why can’t you complete your thoughts before letting the vomit spew out of your mouth? You keep comming back later and making posts thinking you have “zingers” to hit people with. You’re just an idiot, deal with it.

  48. WNYPMH November 5, 2008 at 8:35 pm #

    Russy thinks it sounds real smart when he uses literary devices like the abbreviation “MO”. He is a bitter guy. But the good news is that he made Hudson’s All Star team. He must be very proud.

  49. Alice in Wonderland November 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm #

    Alice was clueless. I can’t believe you assclowns thought she could win this thing. She got trounced.

    She can now fly on her broomstick back to her lair.

  50. buffaloobserver November 5, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    Hey Wiz: The only reason Davis almost beat Reynolds last time is because of the House intern scandal and the fact that Davis was more like a Republican who just happened to be running as a Democrat. The District is till heavily republican

  51. Snarky Snarkmore McSnarkamaphone November 6, 2008 at 12:59 am #

    Actually, Humanist, Rubin is horrible, and Austan Goolsbee’s no progressive, either- shit, he got George Will’s “endorsement.”

    Obama’s a huge breath of fresh air, and historic, no question, but let’s not loose our shit entirely. FISA, baby, FISA!

  52. mike hudson November 6, 2008 at 2:53 am #

    thanks domst….

    sometimes a brother can’t catch a break around here!

  53. Russell November 6, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    I’m not bitter and I don’t know why you think that, WNYPMH.

    mizard, I never heard anyone use “misery loves company” to mean you’re belittling someone. If I was too stupid to understand that, then everyone that uses that phrase must be.

    Humanist, the discussion was not about John McCain. It was about conservatism. Go back and look for yourself. Even if it was about John McCain, what the hell did Katrina and FEMA have to do with it? And are you saying we experienced no good economic times between 1994-2008? There was nothing good at all that happened for this country in that time period? Really? You’re serious?

  54. WNYPMH November 6, 2008 at 11:49 am #

    Russy, I actually think your a not nice jerk, but “bitter” sounded more polite.

  55. The Wizard November 6, 2008 at 12:17 pm #

    BuffaloObserver: False. The intern scandal happened in 2006. I’m saying Davis did better in 2004, his first time running. Sad.

    Powers, former republican and a war vet would have appealed to a far greater base of voters than liberal trial attorney Alice “Love Canal” Kryzan. Great job WNY.

  56. Russell November 6, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    Okay WNYPMH, that makes more sense.

  57. The Wizard November 6, 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    The Buffalo Bean has got to be one of the most idiotic bloggers in WNY, if not the most. His analysis is childish with no depth at all.

  58. Russell November 6, 2008 at 4:20 pm #

    Wow, you guys really can’t let go of Jonny, can you? Wizard, your obsession is starting to make people wonder if you’re going to move to Virginia now.

  59. Byron November 6, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    “Wow, you guys really can’t let go of Jonny, can you?”

    Seriously? That’s irony, right?

  60. Russell November 6, 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    Like I’ve said before Byron, I have never initiated a discussion on Jonny. I merely respond to what others post first. It’s not my obsession that’s the problem, it’s theirs. I’ve just countered the lovefest all along.

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