Sunday, August 27, 2006

Novak Suggests Democrats Can Win House, And With Allen’s Help, Possibly The Senate

How bad do things look for the Republicans this November?

Robert Novak is now predicting that Democrats have a good shot at regaining control of the House, and have a chance to also take back the Senate – thanks to none other than Sen. George Allen (R-VA).

The conservative pundit – no friend of the Democrats – made the predictions to Tim Russert of NBC’s Meet the Press today.

NOVAK: Well, if the election were held today, I can’t tell you what’s going to happen on Election Day, I would say that the Democrats will win 25 to 30 seats in the House. All they need is 12. I don’t think it’s — my hunch is they’re not going to be that bad, but that’s — they start, they start way ahead.

Regarding the Senate, Novak said it would be hard for Democrats to pick up the six seats needed to regain control. But then he said something that goes against spin from the conservative noise machine that only liberals care about questionably racist comments and the lame excuses later made by Allen.

NOVAK: It’s hard for them in the Senate to pick up the six seats. You can even count to five and not get to six, but Senator George Allen of Virginia is doing his best to try to, try to make that sixth seat viable for a Democratic win.

9 Comments:

Anonymous trinity said...

Well, since Election Day is only a little more than two months away, we will soon learn which party ends up with the majority of the House and Senate. I'm not all that much into speculation. I can wait till then.

Seeing Robert Novak's photo here, however, makes me wonder whether or not we will be seeing some sort of a retraction and/or apology issued here on JABBS for all of the libelous posts accusing Carl Rove and Scooter Libby of purposely and spitefully leaking Valerie Plame's name to the press. Much has been posted here maligning their character.

It was obvious to me from the beginning that there was no "there" there, yet without any proof whatsoever, they were constantly attacked on this site for having deliberately done something unlawful for political reasons. I posted long ago that Richard Armitage was the original source for this information, but now that this fact has been even more clearly and indisputably established, I think the least that JABBS could do would be to try to make amends for their premature and erroneous condemnation of two innocent men.

How about it, David? In the interest of fairness? To maintain the credibility of your blog? Simply to do the right thing? I really think you should.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

I don't think JABBS ever wrote libelous posts, Trinity. That's a heck of a charge.

Might want to back that up, huh?

10:55 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...
"I don't think JABBS ever wrote libelous posts, Trinity. That's a heck of a charge."


You're probably right, cutiepie. Technically, I guess JABBS was only using quotes from other sources in the posts about Rove and Libby. Nor is David responsible for the dopey and irresponsible comments made by people who post here.

Still, since David blogged so often on the Valerie Plame story, and there was so much speculation about Rove and Libby's role in the leaking of her name, I think it would only be fair if JABBS would post about who the real leaker was. Especially since, as it happens, Armitage isn't exactly what you would call a big Bush supporter.

1:50 AM  
Anonymous Ditto said...

Armitage leaked her name. Ooops. Rove and Libby just confirmed the illegal disclosure to dis-credit Joe's public rebuke of W's Iraq War 'rational'.

If Joe was soooo wrong - why hasn't the GOP ended the debate by sending someone to Africa to re-trace Joe's steps and PROVE he was wrong. They didn't because he wasn't... and they know it.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Isn't confirming an illegal leak as bad as being the original leaker?

It's a little convenient that Armitage can say, "I didn't realize she was covert," the only out one can have legally in this matter.

Everyone gets away scot-free, again.

BTW, Trinity, look up terms like "liberl" before you start tossing them about. It hurts your credibility.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous stepnwlf said...

I Don't Listen to Puppets

For all we know, he is trying to get our guard down. Fucking treasonous bastard makes a living lying for fascists.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

rob of wilmington, del. said...
Isn't confirming an illegal leak as bad as being the original leaker?


I think you have missed the entire point, rob, (big surprise there) which is that there was no illegal leak, and it was clear from very early on that there had not been an illegal leak. How could you miss such an obvious fact?

Novak said a very long time ago that Fitzpatrick wasn't indicting anyone for leaking the name of Valerie Plame, because no crime had been committed, and he was right. And she wasn't covert either. When some people used the word "kerfuffle" when describing this non-story, they were quite right. A big to-do about nothing.

rob of wilmington, del. said...
BTW, Trinity, look up terms like "liberl" before you start tossing them about. It hurts your credibility.


I looked up the word "liberl", rob, but couldn't find it anywhere. :)

4:53 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Ditto said...
If Joe was soooo wrong - why hasn't the GOP ended the debate by sending someone to Africa to re-trace Joe's steps and PROVE he was wrong. They didn't because he wasn't... and they know it.


FYI, Ditto, the Senate intelligence committee report has concluded that Joe Wilson had lied to the media. He's been completely discredited. The guy is a BS artist who wanted to sell a book.

SENATE INTELLIGENCE REPORT (page 73): Conclusion 13: The report on the former ambassador’s trip to Niger, disseminated in March 2002, did not change any analysts’ assessments of the Iraq-Niger uranium deal. For most analysts, the information in the report lent more credibility to the original Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reports on the uranium deal, but State Department analysts believed that the report supported their assessment that Niger was unlikely to be willing or able to sell uranium to Iraq.

http://intelligence.senate.gov/iraqreport2.pdf

Here's another gem that comes from Joe Wilson himself. First the president's statement, and then his.

BUSH: The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.

WILSON: I never claimed to have “debunked” the allegation that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa."


No, of course he didn't! He just called Bush's statement a lie all throught his stupid book. Give me a break. The President never said that Iraq bought uranium from Niger. He only said the Iraq sought to buy it. Wilson doesn't know whether that is true or not, so how on earth could he call it a lie?

5:38 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Trinity's spinning is wrong.
It is Republican spin and empty speculation that the airing this week that the original leaker may have been Armitradge completely destroys the validity of Fitzgerald's investigation.
Who cares that Novak said Fitzgerald found no crime was involved? Who cares what Novak thinks anyway? He is hardly the best or most authoritative voice on this matter.
We have Fitzgerald's indictment of Libby and plenty of other objective info for that.
Fitzgerald NEVER ONCE SAID THAT HE CONCLUDED HE FOUND PLAME WAS NOT COVERT.
Why don't you go to Fitzgerald's website Trinity, and review Libby's official indictment before making such a completely baseless claim.
And there's additional info from nonpartisan sources I've presented to you before demonstrating Plame's covert status. The threat to national security via the airing of a covert CIA agent seems as pitiful as a White House conspiracy to do so.
Likewise, your citation of Page 73 from the Senate Intelligence Report is taken out of context or at best a Right-wing spin of the report's conclusions. Go back and carefully reread the entire section on the Wilson matter in the intelligence report and see if in all honesty you can still come to your same conclusion.
We've been down this road before. Your brain seems like an iron clad Bushie conservative shield, forever insultated from allowing any truths or facts to seep in.

9:28 PM  

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