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November 12, 2006

Russ won't run for president

Sen. Russ Feingold

I hear from Scott Lemieux that Russ Feingold has announced that he won't run for president in 2008.

I'm a little disappointed, but most for sentimental reasons. Russ probably couldn't have won the nomination. A Feingold run would have been a way to raise the profile of certain key issues like the erosion civil liberties in the so-called war on terror. Now that Democrats control the House and the Senate, Feingold can do more good as a legislator and as an investigator than as a candidate.

I hope Feingold is able to make good on the promise he made at Cardozo Law School earlier this year to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the illegal NSA domestic spying program.

November 10, 2006

"You look like you're from San Francisco!"

I promised the blog that I wouldn't get arrested by George Allen's goons, and I made good on that promise. In fact, I only had one brush with Republican wrath the whole time I was in Virginia.

Towards the end of election night, a middle-aged Allen supporter in an orange baseball cap started yelling at me. I don't think he had any idea who I was. He just needed someone small to pick on.

"You look like you're from San Francisco!" he screamed.

Initially, this seemed totally random. Why was this drunk guy yelling about San Francisco? Was it a Nancy Pelosi reference?

"Well," I said, "I'm not, but my mom's whole family is from there. It's very nice. Have you been?"

All of a sudden he got a lot angrier. I looked at him quizzically.

He pointed a skinny finger at me and hollered, "And I bet you look like your mom!"

"Yeah," I said, "A lot."

I suddenly realized that he was trying to gay-bait me for having short hair. Or maybe it was the two huge cameras. What a weirdo. Some of these social conservatives really do imagine that Teh Gays lurk everywhere, waiting to pounce. Or maybe he thinks that accusations of gayness are so awful they can magically subordinate anyone.

In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have laughed in his face, he was very agitated and close enough to slap me. But that turned out to be exactly the right way to handle him. He just stood there with his orange baseball cap drooping and his mouth slightly agape.

The Dustbin of History

The Dustbin of History, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

The end.

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Young Republicans

Young Republicans, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

Among the last people to leave Allen HQ on election night.

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Allen HQ: Last Year's Model

Suddenly her chances for a Hill internship aren't looking so good.

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Choose your own caption

Interview, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

This is a shot from early in the evening.

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Crazificiation, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

Crazification: A little-known stage of Republican grief, observed after George Allen's non-concession speech on election night.

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Inside the Scrum

Inside the Scrum, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

Jockeying for position. Captain Highliner has announced that Allen will take the stage shortly.

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More election night photographs

Notice anything?

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