Wednesday, October 25, 2006

All about the 2006 GOP candidates

--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl

--AZ-01: Rick Renzi

--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth

--CA-04: John Doolittle

--CA-11: Richard Pombo

--CA-50: Brian Bilbray

--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave

--CO-05: Doug Lamborn

--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell

--CT-04: Christopher Shays

--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan

--FL-16: Joe Negron

--FL-22: Clay Shaw

--ID-01: Bill Sali

--IL-06: Peter Roskam

--IL-10: Mark Kirk

--IL-14: Dennis Hastert

--IN-02: Chris Chocola

--IN-08: John Hostettler

--IA-01: Mike Whalen

--KS-02: Jim Ryun

--KY-03: Anne Northup

--KY-04: Geoff Davis

--MD-Sen: Michael Steele

--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht

--MN-06: Michele Bachmann

--MO-Sen: Jim Talent

--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns

--NV-03: Jon Porter

--NH-02: Charlie Bass

--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson

--NM-01: Heather Wilson

--NY-03: Peter King

--NY-20: John Sweeney

--NY-26: Tom Reynolds

--NY-29: Randy Kuhl

--NC-08: Robin Hayes

--NC-11: Charles Taylor

--OH-01: Steve Chabot

--OH-02: Jean Schmidt

--OH-15: Deborah Pryce

--OH-18: Joy Padgett

--PA-04: Melissa Hart

--PA-07: Curt Weldon

--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick

--PA-10: Don Sherwood

--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee

--TN-Sen: Bob Corker

--VA-Sen: George Allen

--VA-10: Frank Wolf

--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick

--WA-08: Dave Reichert

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The most devastating political ad. Ever.

This is the only political ad I've ever seen that has actually made tears well up in my eyes. Michael J. Fox is a person I grew up with, in a sense: Family Ties, Back to the Future, Spin City... On Family Ties he played the conservative son of liberal ex-hippies. He has always conveyed a persona of being reasonable, measured, and an all-around decent human being.

Seeing him in such a degenerated condition is a shock. Seeing him retaining his dignity while pleading for his life is a sight that can hardly fail to move all but the most absolutist I'm-anti-stem-cell-research-because-all-life-begins-at-conception crowd. This ad makes the political extremely personal. It speaks directly to voters, saying that your vote matters because it matters to people you care about.

This could be the ad that flips the Senate. It should.