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WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona announced Sunday she intends to resign from Congress this week to concentrate on recovering from wounds suffered in an assassination attempt a little more than a year ago that shook the country.
“I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice,” the Democratic lawmaker said on a video posted without prior notice on her Facebook page.
“I’m getting better. Every day my spirit is high,” she said. “I have more work to do on my recovery. So to do what’s best for Arizona, I will step down this week.”
Update 11/02/10 1:00pm: The White House has announced that the President will hold a press conference on Wednesday, 11/03. Presumably he will be addressing tonight’s results. The White House said they would not comment now on the election, saying that it is the “people’s” time at the moment.
Update: 11/02/10 3pm: The Wall Street Journal is saying that Chris Coons’ staffers are lamenting the poor Democrat turnout thus far. Could be good news for Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.
UPDATE: 11/02/10 6:30PM EST: Polls in Florida close @ 7pm. JAMES predicts that Marco Rubio will be declared Florida’s new Senator between 8:00-8:30pm. Rand Paul should be declared the victor in Kentucky’s Senate race by 8:30pm as well.
Update: 11/02/10 7:02pm: FOXNews has called the Kentucky Senate race for Rand Paul, and the Indiana Senate race for Dan Coats, a Republican to take the place of Sen. Evan Bayh (D-In). 7:09Pm: Jim DeMint easily wins the SC Senate seat.
Update: 11/02/07 8:00pm MARCO RUBIO takes FLORIDA with 50% of the Vote!
Update: 11/02/07 8:05pm Richard Blumenthal wins Connecticut Senate seat.
Update: 11/02/07 8:08pm Roy Blunt (R) wins Missouri and Kelly Ayotte (R) wins in NH. MD Democrat Barbara Mikulski retains her seat, as does Vermont’s Patrick Leahy. Chris Coons has easily defeated Christine O’Donnell.
Update 8:17pm. Sharron Angell has filed a request with the DOJ for a review of the Reid campaign.
Update 8:20pm. Florida’s “nutcase” Alan Grayson (D) is behind his challenger Daniel Webster 63-37.
Update 8:32pm: Freshman Democrat Rep. Tom Perrielo, strongly supported by Barack Obama, has lost his seat to Robert Hurt. Note: Perrielo is the ONLY House seat that Obama campaigned for. In Arkansas, John Boozman has defeated incumbent Blanche Lincoln (D).
Update: 8:38pm WV Gov. Joe Manchin (D) has won the WV Senate seat, to fill out the remaining two years of Sen. Robert Byrd’s seat.
Update 8:40pm: DANIEL WEBSTER (R) has easily defeated incumbent ALAN GRAYSON (D).
Update 9:13pm: Projection of Republican gains in the House of Representatives will be a minimum of 60 seats. Democrats will most likely retain the control of the Senate.
Update 9:30pm Barney Frank retains his seat against challenger Sean Bielat, 63-35, while incumbent Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) and Allen Boyd (D-FL) have both lost their seats.
Update 10:38pm- Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold (D) has been defeated by Ron Johnson.
Update 10:40pm- Nikki Haley (R) has won the Governor’s mansion in South Carolina. Endorsement by Sarah Palin in the primary thrust Nikki Haley into the national spotlight.
Update 11:24pm: Michele Bachmann has been re-elected to her seat, despite being the target of Nancy Pelosi.
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he
asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money
from you, I’m doing community service this week.’ The florist was
pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the
next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting
for him at his door.
Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill,
the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you , I’m doing
community service this week.’ The cop was happy and left the shop. The
next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’
card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his
bill, the barber again replied, ‘I can not accept money from you. I’m
doing community service this week.’ The Congressman was very happy and
left the shop. The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there
were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.
And that, my friend, illustrates the fundamental difference between
the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.
BOTH POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME
The Ombudsman also tweeted that she is working on a Juan Williams’ column.
Whatever the results of the December review — and regardless of Obama’s steadfast refusal to change the schedule for beginning the withdrawal — Republicans must find their voice on the war. Whether or not they gain control of either house of Congress, they are duty-bound to publicly dissect Obama’s strategy and recommend how it can be repaired. Two Republican candidates who may be elected in two weeks — Army Lt. Col. Allen West and Marine Lt. Ilario Pantano — by their experiences in the war should lead that public reexamination of the war.
Allen West — running in Florida’s 22nd district — is a 20-year Army veteran who saw the counterinsurgency first-hand in Iraq. West, a civil-military affairs officer at the time, was accused of abusing a prisoner. The incident occurred when an Iraqi policeman, arrested for conspiring with the terrorists, refused to give information on a planned attack on West. Intervening in the interrogation, West held the man down and discharged his pistol into a sand-filled barrel next to where the man stood. As a result, the man divulged information that saved American lives. West immediately went to his commander’s tent, woke him up, and told him what he had done. The political correctness police went after him, and he retired from the Army.
After retiring, West signed on as a civilian advisor and served there for nearly two years. He’s running against doctrinaire liberal Ron Klein (ACLU rating 90%, ACU rating 4%).
West is an intellectual who understands the war as few others do. (Full disclosure: Allen is a friend whom I admire comprehensively. He’s presidential material.)
Ilario Pantano is a warrior. He served in the Gulf War in 1991 and — after 9/11 — returned to active duty. He was leading his platoon against insurgents in the Sunni Triangle when they came under fire and he shot two men. Pantano — accused by a disgruntled sergeant who he had demoted — faced charges of killing the two Iraqis without justification and was exonerated. He later wrote the book Warlord about his experiences. He is tough, well-spoken, and has the intensity of intelligence we so often see in Marines.
Pantano is running in North Carolina’s 7th district (which hasn’t had a Republican congressman in more than a century) against incumbent Mike McIntyre (ADA 85%, ACU 32%).
There are two factors that make West and Pantano ideal to lead Republicans in a public examination of the war in January. First, they have seen the enemy first-hand and understand him as no one who lacks that experience can. Second, they both have had to fight both within and against the culture of counterinsurgency that places pressures on our troops that they, as warriors, should not have to bear.
The latter is what makes these men rise above the rest. There are other military veterans, some with service in Iraq and Afghanistan, who are in Congress or running for the first time this year. But none of them have faced the grim truths that West and Pantano have had to overcome.
See the full American Spectator article: http://spectator.org/archives/2010/10/18/wholl-put-afghanistan-back-on