by Jon Ralston Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:48
Friday news dump... t.co/uMGtFgj1SN
5 hours 32 min ago.
Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges. t.co/WuJnRJZnIt
6 hours 15 min ago.
@mbrooksrjc Of all people, you should have appreciated that.
Instead, same old, same old.
7 hours 57 min ago.
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not a blue check, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels
And no… t.co/93GQyFQI7F
8 hours 7 min ago.
And now the end is near
And so I face that final blue-checked day
I've lived a Twitter life that's full
I did my be… t.co/zeGUyIPNa4
8 hours 7 min ago.
Our look at the Henderson City Council candidates.... t.co/0rkXJwEXf7
12 hours 26 min ago.
.@TheNVIndy and @highcountrynews "have investigated workplace changes at Nevada Gold Mines...dozens of former and c… t.co/G9XFGKQ8CO
12 hours 47 min ago.
Good morning from The #WeMatter State.
On this date in 1966, the Aladdin opened on the Strip. The hotel hosted the… t.co/q1X1o3cFTy
15 hours 13 min ago.
@ejkomenda @AP @gflaccus Congrats, Ed!
1 day 4 hours ago.
Trump just yesterday on Truth Social:
I HAVE GAINED SUCH RESPECT FOR THIS GRAND JURY, & PERHAPS EVEN THE GRAND JUR… t.co/QwDpz2pI3t
1 day 8 hours ago.
@s_golonka No one gets me.
1 day 11 hours ago.
You could almost feel it over the last few weeks.
Sen. Dean Heller, with help from his Rovian friends, has been pounding Rep. Shelley Berkley over her ethics troubles. And despite her abysmal handling of the issue at times, the congresswoman has kept the race close. Yes, her image has taken a battering, and polls may lag that phenomenon, but this race is still far from over.
So although it was out of character for Heller to resort to hyperventilating hyperbole today by calling Berkley "the most unethical, corrupt person I’ve ever met in my life.” Really? Compared to ex-Sen. John Ensign, whom I think Heller met?
Even if Berkley recklessly used her position to advocate for policies that benefited her husband – and the Ethics Committee has not weighed in yet and despite Berkley’s amnesia about whether she ever asked for guidance – she did not commit nearly the depredations Ensign did.
But no matter: More interesting than Heller’s mini-temper tantrum is that the usually disciplined senator,, who rarely deviates from careful talking points, once even distancing himself from his campaign’s attack ads, is why: He hasn’t put her away.
Berkley’s transparent attempt to muddy the ethical waters, first with a series of ads tying Heller to a diamond scam that he has no ties to and now with the resurrection of an old issue old issue about a car driver friend of Heller’s. And the new Berkley ad didn’t even use the sex offender angle. It’s pretty clean, albeit almost as tenuous as the Diamond Dean hits.
But it sure hit a nerve with Heller, based on that quote. And I bet he doesn’t like to see these kinds of assessments, with the National Journal moving the race up a notch in Berkley’s favor and saying “the numbers aren’t moving here” despite the ethics attacks.
I still think Heller is a slight favorite here because of the ethics probe and Berkley’s challenge in Washoe County. But if Mitt Romney continues to falter in Nevada – and Heller scurried away from the GOP nominee today quicker than you can say “47 percent” – and the Democratic turnout machine reaches 2008, or even 2010 effectiveness, this could be a race where a congresswoman under an ethics cloud could win against a previously squeaky clean senator.
And the first debate is one week from today: Bring your popcorn.