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Sean Connaughton. Pragmatist. Centrist. Republican. And torpedoed by the rightwing reactionaries in his own party. Connaughton was narrowly elected to be chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors in 2000, and did such a great job he was re-elected with 70% of the vote in 2003. However, the “conciliatory and centrist instincts” that made him an effective manager raised the ire of the zealots in the Virginia GOP. And he was targeted. Read his story here.

I don’t make a habit of watching FOX News, especially Hannity and Colmes. But the net is buzzing right now with word Ann Coulter got smacked down royally last night by Democratic strategist Kirsten Powers. What made the performance by Powers extra special is that, actually being a Fox News Political Analyst, providing on-air commentary on political issues from a Democratic perspective, Hannity didn’t want to go to break or interrupt the beating Ann Coulter was taking. Coulter, obviously expecting Hannity to intervene, grew frustrated when he fell silent. Check the video here, with special thanks to Crooks and Liars.

Kristen Powers. MY kind of Democrat!

Dodd Waters in Montgomery, Alabama asks, “Where are the well minded, educated moderates who don’t want to extinguish personal liberties so rich people can drive SUVs? Where are the moderates who don’t want to give the world away to every lazy, useless person who sticks out a hand to the government? We need brave moderates willing to take on the fanatics of our political system. Oh God, save us from ourselves.”

Moderates take aim at remaining conservatives on Kansas state education board. Read it.


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