Dennis Kucinich And Your Blogger

Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur defeated fellow Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich in the  9th District, a loss that will likely bring the longtime liberal congressman’s Capitol Hill career to an end.

In 2004 James and I were delegates to the Wisconsin State Democratic Convention.  It was there I met  Dennis Kucinich, and got my chance to chat with him.  A photo was taken with the progressive Democratic member of Congress, and presidential candidate.

Since this is the end–I suspect–of his storied political career I think it time to unearth this picture.

Those who know me well, know I love to talk.  (That is one reason broadcasting was a perfect fit for a period of my life.)  During the taking of the picture I kept telling the candidate what I felt he needed to know as the camera did its work.  That explains why only one of us is smiling…….

Wisconsin Voter ID Law Temporarily Stopped

There is sunshine outside, and good news to report regarding Wisconsin’s voter ID law.  This most dreadful, and unnecessary law has been temporarily stopped in Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin judge has granted a temporary injunction to stop the state’s new voter identification law. 

Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan granted the injunction Tuesday. It will stop the law from taking effect for the state’s April 3 presidential primary election. 

The NAACP’s Milwaukee branch and immigration rights group Voces de la Frontera filed the lawsuit last year. A trial on a permanent injunction is scheduled for April 16. 

Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney had no immediate comment on the judge’s order. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice, which represented GAB in the case, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Rick Santorum Looking At A Rough Super Tuesday

What goes up, must come down.  And we are going to get to see the landing. Nate Silver provides the smile.

Instead, the past week has been relatively light for horse-race coverage, with much of the political world instead focused on the Rush Limbaugh controversy. With no debates — and Mr. Santorum’s loss in Washington representing the major story — there has been nothing to stop his downward trajectory.

It’s possible, in fact, that Mr. Santorum’s victories Tuesday night could be limited solely to Oklahoma. Caucus states like North Dakota and perhaps Alaska had once looked more promising to him, but he has not been able to replicate his strong showings in Colorado and Minnesota in more recent caucuses. Without a burst of voter enthusiasm in those states, his relatively weak organization could harm him, possibly leaving Ron Paul as the major rival to Mr. Romney in them instead.

We will, of course, have to see how everything plays out. At some  points, Mr. Santorum has tended to overperform his polls on Election Day, and doing so by even a couple of points in Ohio and Tennessee would allow him to salvage an otherwise poor night.

Latino Voters Strongly Support President Obama

The GOP needs to be mindful of this news.  The Republican Party must cease their anti-immigrant actions, and begin anew at fashioning a workable policy for dealing with immigration.  Clearly what the GOP has been doing up to this point is not working–for them–or the nation.

But the GOP should have already known this would happen, and will continue to happen.

President Obama leads all his Republican rivals among Latino voters, according to a new poll released Monday.

According to the latest national Fox News Latino survey, none of the Republican contenders for the presidential nomination poll above 14 percent in a head-to-head matchup against Obama. That’s a 17 point drop in support from John McCain’s 2008 share of the Hispanic vote — with McCain garnering 31 percent of that group four years ago.

Obama has a six-to-one advantage among Hispanics, leading Mitt Romney 70 percent to 14 percent among likely Latino voters. Obama also beats Newt Gingrich 72 to 14 percent. And Obama is also drawing a significant well of his Hispanic support from former John McCain voters. According to the poll, 40 percent of John McCain voters are now supporting Obama over Gingrich or Romney, while 38 percent are supporting Obama over Rick Santorum.

Obama’s approval rating among Hispanics stands at 73 percent — with 66 percent approving of his handling of the economy.

A.G. Eric Holder Makes Constitutional Case For Anwar al-Awlaki Action

In the perfect world there would be no terrorism, or reasons that some thought they needed to resort to terrorism.

Obviously we do not live in a perfect world, but instead live in one where tough decisions must be made at times for the larger safety of society.  One of the most difficult, and controversial decisions arises over the legal justification for the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a New Mexico-born radical Muslim cleric who died in an American drone strike last September.

While it would have been my desire to see the capture of al-Awlaki, with a trial on U.S. soil, as I have desired for many combatants who were engaged in terrorist acts, that was not to be.  There is no way that any credible government could have allowed for the continued deeds to be perpetrated by al-Awlaki, and not taken actions to stop it.  The killing of al-Awlaki may be bitter to consider, but what might the aftermath of his planned assaults on Americans or our allies tasted like?

Tough constitutional calls and moral dilemmas are a part of governing.  They always have been, and always will be.  Those same weighty issues are also ours to ponder and debate.

“Given the nature of how terrorists act and where they tend to hide, it may not always be feasible to capture a United States citizen terrorist who presents an imminent threat of violent attack,” Mr. Holder said in a speech at Northwestern University’s law school. “In that case, our government has the clear authority to defend the United States with lethal force.”       

While Mr. Holder is not the first administration official to address the targeted killing of citizens — the Pentagon’s general counsel, Jeh Johnson, did so last month at Yale Law School, for example — it was notable for the nation’s top law enforcement official to declare that it is constitutional for the government to kill citizens without any judicial review under certain circumstances. Mr. Holder’s remarks about the targeted killing of United States citizens were a centerpiece of a speech describing legal principles behind the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies.       

“Some have argued that the president is required to get permission from a federal court before taking action against a United States citizen who is a senior operational leader of Al Qaeda or associated forces,” Mr. Holder said. “This is simply not accurate. ‘Due process’ and ‘judicial process’ are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.”