ThinkFast: October 28, 2010

House Minority Leader John Boehner will campaign this weekend with Ohio House GOP candidate Rich Iott. Iott gained notoriety after Bill Maher’s show highlighted the fact that that he enjoyed performing as a Nazi reenactor and dressing up as an SS officer. Boehner has not sought a refund of the donations he made to Iott’s campaign.

An assessment of the fallout from the Citizens United decision shows the Supreme Court majority was wrong when they promised that the “public would know — almost instantly — who was paying for” election campaign ads. According to election law experts, corporate donors can hide their contributions despite the opposition of shareholders and customers because of tax law loopholes and a weak FEC.


Appearing on “The Daily Show” last night, President Obama said the Senate filibuster process “needs to be changed” because the GOP minority’s “unprecedented” use of the filibuster “deters Democrats from working across the aisle” and drives the parties further apart. Noting the number of his nominees still awaiting confirmation, Obama said the GOP’s abuse of the filibuster is “just not in the Constitution.”

In an interview with the UK’s Daily Telegraph, former Bush adviser Karl Rove questioned if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has the “gravitas” to be president. “With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of ‘that helps me see you in the Oval Office’,” Rove said.

Despite a record of gaffes and embarrassments during his tenure as RNC Chairman, Michael Steele is reportedly eyeing a second term. Steele has “already has picked two current RNC staffers to help run his re-election campaign.”

Federal law enforcement authorities arrested a Virginia man yesterday who was allegedly plotting to bomb the Washington, DC Metro system. Farooque Ahmed, a naturalized American citizen, “conspired with people he thought to be al-Qaeda operatives,” who were actually federal agents, and spent six months casing the Metro system. Authorities say the public was never in danger.


Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) admitted “serious sins” during a candidate forum last night, presumably a reference to the prostitution scandal which ensnared the senator in 2007. “Obviously, I’ve stumbled in my marriage. Obviously I’ve committed serious sins, which I’ve talked about in the past,” Vitter said.

The Justice Department assured voters yesterday that it will thwart any voter intimidation efforts at the polls next week, and that all voters will have easy access to the voting booths. Conservative activists aim to challenge the eligibility of voters at polling stations, which many say amounts to intimidation, often of minority voters.

And finally: Fans of neon spandex and leather masks fear not, for a federal judge in Connecticut has ruled that the state must allow voters to dress up in pro wrestling garb at polling places on Tuesday’s election. Linda McMahon, the former CEO of the WWE (and occasional fighter) is running for Senate in the state.

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