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Remember in May of '06, there was a Constitutional crisis so big that Alberto Gonzales and others in the DOJ were prepared to (*shudder*) resign over it?

The issue was whether the FBI had the right to raid Congresspeople's offices and whether Justice had a right to keep the evidence.

It came to a head after a freakout by the then-GOP Congress, which feared a raid like that on Democrat William Jefferson's office might happen to them. Not that they'd find anything untoward, of course.

Bush put the matter on a 45-day hold, and then.... what? Does anyone recall a subsequent resolution?

What other once-hot issues have you been wondering if/when/how/whether they were resolved?

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Submitted by lambert on

The one Harry Reid shut down the Senate over back when the Republicans were in control formally and functionally, instead of merely functionally?


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Submitted by vastleft on

Colin Powell's former chief of staff, Lawrence Wilkerson "said he'd 'wait and see' what happens as a result of Congressional action. 'I expect that if one of the houses changes hands in November, action will be forthcoming,' he said."

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Tinfoil hat jauntily bobbing atop my fontanel, I continue to wonder, like who put the bop in the bopshebopshebop, who controlled the Iowa primary voting-machine count in 2004. I mean, really now, how did oatmeal-mouthed Kerry suddenly and precipitously ascend to popularity seemingly overnight? Why did he so quickly accept the obviously manipulated and all-critical Ohio vote count? And will another feckless 2008 Democrat candidate be suddenly "voted in" as Our Official Sacrificial Lamb this time around?

Please, someone, I'm tired of waiting for an answer. Set my Reynolds Wrap Cap to rest & explain how we really do have a democracy here, and not some power-manipulating Skull & Bones cabal behind the voting-machine curtain.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

yes, i know, but wiki says:

The Iowa caucus operates very differently from the more common primary election used by most other states (see U.S. presidential primary). The caucus is generally defined as a "gathering of neighbors." Rather than going to polls and casting ballots, Iowans gather at a set location in each of Iowa's 1784 precincts. Typically, these meetings occur in schools, churches, or public libraries. The caucuses are held every two years, but the ones that receive national attention are the presidential preference caucuses held every four years. In addition to the voting, caucus attendees propose planks for their party's platform, select members of the county committees, and discuss issues important to their local organizations

the scary/odd part about the iowa process is that locals pressure each other, publically, to choose candidates and support issues. it's a meeting, not a line in front of a screened off ballot counting machine. it has advantages as a system, i'm sure. but it makes for strange choices, when compared to how it's done in other states.

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Submitted by vastleft on

Putting aside any Skull-n-Bones theories, it was quite clear that Iowa 2004 was a back-room coronation, not an honest popularity or statesmanship contest.

I see Iowa 2008 as a battle between the clique that made that happen (Hillary's camp, this time around, natch) and the moneyed upstarts (Obama's camp), with Edwards trying to win it with an honest progressive platform. The question is, can he break through those two machines?

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

people in the biz who were working in iowa at the time told me a couple of things. i heard that dean's "outstate" campaign really failed to hook up with the necessary local supporters, and didn't communicate with them well when it did. i was told that the tone of the dean campaign also struck the wrong note with iowa voters, again because it felt too "outstate" driven to many of them. further, kerry had all the "establishment" connections both in iowa and in those parts of the dem machine that make it happen for successful candidates there. as i noted, the caucus process is very different than just standing in a line and voting in silent secrecy.

think of it like this: most of iowa is very small townish, and when it's not, "small town" cultural values are still mostly in force. so standing up in front of your neighbors and declaring for (an outstate favorite) candidate means more than just pulling a lever privately. in small towns, people have long memories, and "small" favors go a long way. when i lived on the iowa border i would go there for things occasionally. i was always struck by the slower pace there, and how the locals seemed both friendly, and closed. it's just different to my perceptions, and I'm sure i seemed 'different' to local iowans.

kerry got in, early and firmly, with the local players. dean didn't. that's what explains the victory, which iirc, wasn't exactly a thunderous one for kerry. the whole "how could dean lose?" controversy only makes sense if you bought into the media narrative that he was "unbeatable." in fair elections, no one is 100% guaranteed anything, and dean had a fair showing. if we had a "balanced" and fair media, that would've been enough, and he would've continued to campaign for longer.

it was they who said, and enforced, that he "must win" to be viable. more than half the country never got a chance to speak for itself, so we'll never know.

Submitted by lambert on

Small state, small town: Folks "from away" (as we say in Maine) coming in just aren't going to cut it when there are locals, with authority, speaking up for their own candidates. To call this "insiders" is to simplify what really went on.

Our famously free press booted Dean smartly in the ribs when he was already down, with the Dean Scream thing (also a function of poor staffwork), but in fact, Dean lost Iowa because his ground game was lacking.

And I say this as a committed Dean supporter, who gave him $50 when that was literally food for a month, for example.

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

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This one has been killing me all day as I know there are thousands but havent' been able to think of any specific ones. I suspect a psychological blocking process, instituted by the subconcious to allow me to get through the last few hundred days without screaming, has perhaps under the stress of overload begun working a little too well.

At any rate, under Unfinished Business:

Dusty Foggo

Duke Cunningham

Jack Abramson

Jimmy Jeff Guckert Gannon

et al.

I am hoping that now that those names have broken through the logjam that more will begin to emerge, hopefully slowly enough for me to write them down but not so fast as to instigate that screaming problem. Tomorrow being Xmas Eve and all, and the kid & girlfriend in for a visit.

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Submitted by scarshapedstar on

You know, there was the grand neocon circle-jerk and high-fiving about "fratboy pranks" because they'd successfully hidden the reality of Blackwater thugs raping little boys. Even though the courts ordered the tapes released to the ACLU. They've been defying the courts for, oh, over a year now.

How's that work?

But I still believe
And I will rise up with fists!!