Comment on Entry: What The Heck Is Denny Thinking?, authored by Jim Miller
1. When I see Heck's spots it reminds me of the years-ago infamous local car salesman, Dick Balch who would smash cars with a sledge-hammer and utter 'if you can't trust a car-dealer, who can you trust'.
Heck's ads are as hokey and I would discount a 'heck' of a lot of things he says. :)

Posted by Duffman at October 29, 2012 11:58 AM
2. Poor Duff, still lacking I see. All you have are insults.
Denny Heck has the right ideas and tactics.

Posted by Joanie at October 29, 2012 12:03 PM
3. Heck is about more of the same that has brought us to the financial cliff & only if you want bloated government, like @2 (who used her real name for a change) and the low information voter crowd for which she is the mouthpiece.

BTW- it was a vacuous and lame commercial by Mr. Heck.
Dick Muri offers a better and more substantial alternative.

Vote Dick Muri !!

Posted by KDS at October 29, 2012 12:11 PM
4. Why would you deem that an 'insult', as I recall Dick Balch was very successful. Heck may also be in that there are many out there who will likely fall for his pablum as they did for Balch's schtick. Simply stating what I choose to discount not necessarily what others need to do. :)
Still teaching???

Posted by Duffman at October 29, 2012 12:16 PM
5. That is a damnable lie KDS.
Mr Denny Heck has a plan and a vision.
That you can't see it when is your issue.

Congressman Heck, get use to it.

We would have Congresswoman Burner if she had listened to my advice and been more aggressive in calling out Dave Reichart's poor record as Sheriff.

Weak Democrats get beat. Strong Democrats win. Sheila Jackson Lee is a strong Democrat. That's why she wins. She tells the truth about 9-11.

By the way, no one has talked about Bush and global warming causing this current Frankenstorm. Climate Deniers need a whuppin.

Okay, enough with educating you boys. I have school to teach. Lunch time is over.

See you at Blatherwatch. Although my name over there is T-S, it's the same ol Joanie. Beating down internet bullies since 2007.

Posted by Joanie at October 29, 2012 12:17 PM
6. That is a damnable lie KDS.
Mr Denny Heck has a plan and a vision.
That you can't see it when is your issue.

Congressman Heck, get use to it.

We would have Congresswoman Burner if she had listened to my advice and been more aggressive in calling out Dave Reichart's poor record as Sheriff.

Weak Democrats get beat. Strong Democrats win. Sheila Jackson Lee is a strong Democrat. That's why she wins. She tells the truth about 9-11.

By the way, no one has talked about Bush and global warming causing this current Frankenstorm. Climate Deniers need a whuppin.

Okay, enough with educating you boys. I have school to teach. Lunch time is over.

See you at Blatherwatch. Although my name over there is T-S, it's the same ol Joanie. Beating down internet bullies since 2007.

Posted by Joanie at October 29, 2012 12:17 PM
7. Joanie has labeled herself as a liberal progressive troll. You'd better start screaming. T-S Sandy is bearing down on rubes like yourself called the election. Heck has a plan - more big government, higher taxes and a welfare state and the plan SUCKS !

"Weak Democrats get beat. Strong Democrats win. Sheila Jackson Lee is a strong Democrat. That's why she wins. She tells the truth about 9-11."

Sheila Jackson Lee is a leftist loon. She is a 9-11 truther - like you are ? You also forgot to mention Van Jones another truther- useful idiots the both of them. You have labeled yourself as one of these - stuck on stupid :(

Posted by KDS at October 29, 2012 12:27 PM
8. I think it's cute how Heck thinks slamming the Tea Party in his ad will increase his support. Talk about a dog whistle...

Posted by kwiebe at October 29, 2012 12:42 PM
9. Jim wrote:
"If you really want to end gridlock, here's the strategy that is most likely to succeed: Since the Republicans are almost certain to control the House, you should vote to make Romney president, and vote to give the Republicans control of the Senate. And you should urge Democrats to replace Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid with more responsible leaders.)"

Unfortunately, this won't work either because GOP wouldn't have a filibuster proof senate.

How about both sides actually talking to each other and reaching compromise? Why does each side feel it has to play to the extreme ends of each party and ignore the middle? Both GOP and Democrats are to blame and it won't be solved by continually sending GOP and Democratic representatives back to Congress and Senate. Unfortunately, this election, this is mostly what we are left with again.

Posted by tc at October 29, 2012 12:44 PM
10. Has anyone noticed that Denny does NOT list his party in any of his TV ads?
Seems to me he doesn't want to be associated with B.O., Nancy or Harry.

Posted by jack at October 29, 2012 01:16 PM
11. tc - Budget bills are not subject to filibusters, so many important bills can pass the Senate with just 51 votes. (And one of those 51 votes coudl be Paul Ryan's.)

Jack - Good point. Incidentally, the Heck campaign calls the ad "the middle", which is odd considering his issue stands.

Posted by Jim Miller at October 29, 2012 03:37 PM
12. "Strong Democrat" in truthspeak = Bolshevik.

Posted by Saltherring at October 29, 2012 03:55 PM
13. .
FTW @6,
Congressman Heck, get use to it.

Joanie, they won't get used to it.
The only thing they're used to is losing.

Posted by MikeBoyScout at October 29, 2012 04:31 PM
14. It will be a close race. Neo-coms like Joanie can try and help drag Heck across the finish line, but neither she or you will have any affect on the outcome of the presidential race in Ohio.

President Romney, get used to it !

Posted by KDS at October 29, 2012 05:01 PM
15. Hi TC,

The Congress has a method of debate and discussion, especially when it comes to weighty matters like the budget. The House passes a budget, the Senate amends or proposes back and passes, and then differences are resolved in conference.

The Senate CANNOT stop a budget with a filibuster - a simple majority is all that is needed. So the fact a budget has NOT passed is 100% partisan politics, and is 100% driven by the political desires of Harry Reid.

The process for debate exists - the fact it is NOT being followed can be laid at the feet of a singular individual: Senator Harry Reid.

Posted by Shanghai Dan at October 29, 2012 07:22 PM
16. And will Denny Heck be next to return her contribution? The $3,500 Heck campaign donation received from JZ Knight should go to a local Catholic charity. I saw Denny last night at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) meeting in Seattle and after a quick chat gave him a Habitat for Humanity donation envelope for the Saint John Bosco Father Lee Hightower home in the Tillicum (Lakewood neighborhood) being built. Not sure if Denny will take me up on the suggestion. The $3,500 is a very small part of his multi million dollar campaign. What is more important is that we all renounce in a "loud and clear" manner, the hate speech of JZ Knight.

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Sincerely,

Dick Muri
Candidate for Congress (10th Congressional District - WA)
Pierce County Council District # 6
116 Lila Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388-1418
Web: dickmuri.com
Home: 253-581-5609
Cell: 253-439-9797

Posted by Dick Muri at October 29, 2012 07:26 PM
17. Heck, it's all because of "Tea Party Politics". Just watch his commercial.

Makes me sick.

Posted by Joe Band Member at October 29, 2012 08:10 PM
18. Oh, did I mention that I've been putting Dick Muri signs back up all around Thurston County?

Posted by Joe Band Member at October 29, 2012 08:12 PM
19. Muri gave Adam Smith a run for his money in 2010. I'd say that Denny will have to fight like more than Heck if he is to keep Dick Muri from winning the US House seat.

Posted by KDS at October 29, 2012 08:29 PM
20. Jim @11 & Dan @15
So, what you are stating is the only problems and issues we have relate to budget. Wow! Do you really think having a passed budget is the answer? Why didn't I think of that?
Let's see the first legislative action, according to Mitt Romney is to repeal Obamacare. This isn't a budget item, although has budget components. Therefore, by your thought, Romney isn't focusing on the right priority since the bill he wants first is not a budget bill and per your statements (being sarcastic again), the only bills that are needed to fix the issue are budget bills. Again, Wow!

Posted by tc at October 30, 2012 09:32 AM
21. @20 - Romney stated a few weeks ago that making drastic cuts would hurt the economy. He would have to do this in a measured way that would reduce the deficit to less than half of what it is now, say by the third year. Sidebar - Actually, one year of sequestration in the military would cost $30B and not be drastic - but making cuts beyond next year per sequestration would be harmful, but Obama would try to implement that if reelected, thus the GOP was worried.

Obamacare is big budget component and it also cuts $716 B out of Medicare over the next 10 years. If Romney is elected and the Dems control the Senate again, the only thing he could do is issue an EO that would grant waivers to repeal Obamacare to all 50 states. That would have an effect, as over half of the states would repeal it. There would be less of it to replace than if a GOP controlled Senate voted to repeal and replace.

Posted by KDS at October 30, 2012 09:59 AM
22. KDS@20
First question, what are "cuts?" As has been demonstrated by another SP Contributor, often when certain groups talk about cuts, they are actually not talking about cuts. They are basically changing future projections, but there is still growth in the budget.

Second Question, are you stating that Romney doesn't really mean he will repeal Obamacare, but instead just issue Executive Orders and have Congress trim the budget items? If so, this raises two issues. First, this action is not what he is telling audiences he will actually do, so are you in essence saying he is not telling the truth. Why doesn't he state what he actually is going to do, if what you say he is actually going to do? The second issue, let's say he does do what you are stating. The result is actually of this action is worse than having Obamacare or going back to pre-Obamacare. There is a reason conservatives fought the court case on the "whole" of all the parts. What you are stating is that the "whole" doesn't matter.

Regarding military cuts, you are not correct in saying next year would not be drastic. Military budgets have two components: Operating and Capital. Any cuts have to balance both short term and long term needs. Some items, like Capital purchases are already "paid" for, so without a balanced approach,like the sequestration cuts, Operating budget will take the brunt of the hit. Instead, what should happen is the GOP should accept what the Pentagon and the President have proposed what they need instead of second guessing the military and like Romney want to build items that the Pentagon doesn't need. It is like the days when Trent Lott was in the Senate and boats got added to the Navy budget that it didn't request because it would bring money to Mississippi. Pork still reigns when it comes to the military.

Posted by tc at October 30, 2012 11:32 AM
23. Re: Obamacare. Romney is at the mercy of congress - that's why he does not know how this is going to roll. It depends on whether the Senate is controlled by Democrat or Republicans. Congress only needs 51 votes to repeal Obamacare (whatever they choose to repeal of it) and replace it with free-market solutions.

Re: Sequestration - Do you have the exact numbers on how much the military will be cut next year ? Sen. Coburn said $30B. If your numbers are different, please provide your source. I believe from here on Defense spending must be audited, and hope that Sen. Rand Paul passes that bill into law. No more nation building overseas or wars unless we are attacked. I part ways with many conservatives on that in that I think we should get out of Afghanistan with boots on the ground next year. It is a corrupt rathole, but the strategic bases should stay.

Posted by KDS at October 30, 2012 11:45 AM
24. The sentence in the post above should read;
The Senate only needs 51 votes to repeal Obamacare (whatever they choose to repeal of it) and replace it with free-market solutions.

Posted by KDS at October 30, 2012 12:17 PM
25. The only solution here is obvious.
Sweep offices on all levels across America with "conservative" Republicans.
Not all Americans are morons and as our country shows more signs of imminent collapse, we are most certainly on our way to doing this very thing.

People (Democrats) foolish enough to buy into Obama's incredible nonsense must be removed from power of any kind. By proving themselves utterly incapable of discerning the difference between Obama-&#it & shoe polish, without shame or embarrassment, they only underscore their sycophantic incapacity to reason. We cannot trust teachers today because the teaching trade (not profession) is dominated by liberals so steeped in foolishness they are unable to teach. How can young people know they are being sold thier own demise?

The last four years has proven to any sane person with a modicum of intellect that EVERYTHING liberals touch fails. Most amusing in a dark way is that liberals are the only ones who cannot see this fact. They still believe that foolish demi-populist lies and Obama-slop, ruining our economy and exposing our country at risk cannot possibly benefit them.

Especially today, bi-partisanship is an utter waste of time. We find it necessary only because America is still fooled by liberalism.
Washington State may lag behind but soon liberals will be out of favor because they are a very expensive failed joke that even idiots of their ilk can no longer afford.

Posted by Amused by Liberals at October 30, 2012 01:22 PM
26. Hi TC,

The budget is a seriously important issue. And it seems the House has passed lots of jobs bills, economy bills, and even budgets. Yet the Senate refuses to take them up. Why?

I know - the stock answer is "Republican obstructionism/filibusters!". But why not bring the bill up anyway, and let politics play out? Right now, Harry Reid is being infantile and defeatist. Refusing to even play because he thinks he may lose. His fear of filibuster doesn't allow him to even try to move forward. Lost before it starts.

The reason - the ENTIRE reason - that Congress has come to a grinding halt can be laid at the feet of one man: Harry Reid. Now, whether or not a stopped Congress is a good or bad thing is a different question, but the reason is quite clear to anyone looking at things objectively.

Posted by Shanghai Dan at October 30, 2012 09:22 PM
27. TC,

I wanted to address this point separately since it seems you're quite confused:

Let's see the first legislative action, according to Mitt Romney is to repeal Obamacare. This isn't a budget item, although has budget components. Therefore, by your thought, Romney isn't focusing on the right priority since the bill he wants first is not a budget bill and per your statements (being sarcastic again), the only bills that are needed to fix the issue are budget bills. Again, Wow!

Please read the Constitution. WHO starts the Budget process? That would be THE HOUSE. They pass the first bill. A budget sits waiting for Senator Harry Reid to bring up for a vote - the next President, Romney or Obama, doesn't have to do a thing to move the budget forward. Just takes the will of one man - ONE MAN - to do it.

It's existing pending legislation, doesn't need a President Romney to kick it off. Additionally, budgets are traditionally due at the end of September. If Harry Reid (with or without fellow Democrat, President Obama, applying a little fellow-Democrat pressure) allowed the process to go forward, the next President wouldn't have to worry about the budget process for 6-7 months.

We're in this situation because Harry Reid - leader of the Democrats in the Senate - refuses to allow it to go forward. Nothing about President Romney. Nothing about Speaker Boehner. It's Senator Reid's entire responsibility, and a change of President can do precious little at this point.

Of course, the one thing a President CAN do is use his bully pulpit to raise awareness of the issue. A President Romney most likely would do that very thing. And we know, from past history, President Obama refuses to do so. In fact, President Obama has signed exactly ONE budget - the 2009 budget of which he voted on in Senate, AFTER he was elected to the Presidency.

President Romney would, I am sure, use his bully pulpit to highlight where the obstructionism REALLY lies - with Senator Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats. It's 100% on their heads.

Posted by Shanghai Dan at October 30, 2012 09:31 PM
28. Yeah, I saw the tug of rope ad. I knew it was a demo ad because they get all childish about stuff.

Luckily, I don't have to think about who to vote for. I'm in the Susan Del Bene [sp?] district and she's running against some Republican guy. I don't know his name and I don't care what/who he is.

It's an easy choice; I'm voting for the Republican guy. He's the one that ISN'T Susan Del Bene.

My grandfather was telling me that back in the day, you could pull one single lever and vote single party. Was he pulling my leg, LOL... That would make the thing easier.

Posted by Juanita Resident at October 31, 2012 05:26 PM
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