Monday, October 01, 2007

Koster and Bartle, Sitting in a Tree . . .

How many other good democrats love sitting in Matt Bartle's office, reminiscing about the years of frustrating the will of the people, depriving kids of health care, and laughing about whether democrats would be stupid enough to believe he's one of us?

(He's not.)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, the horror! A Democrat who maintains a friendship with a Republican. Next thing you know, cats and dogs will be moving in together.

Dan - You've got a great point here. I agree there is too much bipartisanship these days. Democrats and Republicans should refrain from talking and return to knife fights. Way to keep your credibility intact, Dan.

10/02/2007 9:32 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Fair points, anonymous.

10/02/2007 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the story is how a power hungry Tim Dollar has managed to get himself on the commission that selects Jackson County judges, hired Chris Koster, rented out space to Graves & Bartle, s the wife of the Jackson County prosecutor working at his firm and has an associate on the ethics commission (that decides if Koster and Blunt keep thier excess $$)

10/02/2007 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 3:33 -

You are not alone. There are other plaintiffs' attorneys who are envious of Tim Dollar's success.

10/02/2007 3:56 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

To follow up on my work-forced terseness, I respect your point on the value of bipartisanship. If it were Donnelly or Harris yukking it up with Bartle, I probably would not have mentioned it.

But Koster is a Republican, and he ought to stop acting like one if he wants to fool us into thinking he's a democrat, don't you think?

10/02/2007 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong. That is where you don't get it. Koster is just being himself. He is not trying to look bi-partisan, he is not trying to look like a liberal by avoiding old friends, he's not trying to convince Dan of anything.

Bottom line, Dan has his horse and its not Koster, just like its not Coffman, so he uses this forum to perpetuate negative politics, the same techniques operatives have been using for centuries, whisper campaigns and rumor mills. This blog is nothing more than a hi-tech paphlet circulation of poorly disguised political attacks.

Dan has admitted that he would support Koster for State Senate but not AG, so he doesn't have a problem with the man, its the office he's seeking? He also points out he doesn't have a problem with Boyda, Morrison or Bob Johnson, no they are perfectly welcomed in the Democrat Party mostly because they are not running against Dan's horses.

The truth is Dan's riding Koster and he doesn't even realize it. Why do you think he has become the most influential blog in the state? Because Koster is an intersting guy. People are drawn to his story. Post a blog about Donnely or Harris and the conversation will swirl around Koster. The guy is enigmatic. That is a political trait you cannot buy or underestimate when it comes to your rank and file voter.

10/02/2007 9:53 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Bingo, anonymous, Chris Koster is all about Chris Koster. He's not being a democrat when he goes to Bartle's office and laughs about screwing poor voters out of their vote - he's being Chris Koster. He's not being a republican when he goes to Bartle's office and ribs him about the time he flip-flopped on stem cells - he's being Chris Koster. And you are absolutely correct - he's not convincing Dan of anything.

Do you have a problem with me supporting Koster for Senate? As far as I know, there are no solid democrats running for the position, as opposed to the Attorney General's race, where having an unreliable turncoat is far riskier, and where we have a strong democrat with statewide appeal, and one weak democrat with limited appeal in rich St. Louis suburbs.

And, dude, Koster is not why I rule the state. The reason I rule the state is, well, I really have no idea. Perhaps everyone else had an off week?

10/02/2007 10:17 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

And, by the way, I haven't stated my opinion about Boyda. But you've made a pretty good guess.

10/02/2007 10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do I have to be a dude? Male chauvinist!

You make me want to vote for Harris like Al Sharpton makes me want to join the civil rights movement.

10/02/2007 10:29 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

My sincere apology, dudette. Your love of Koster made me think you were a male. Most women see through pretty-boy fakes like Koster.

10/02/2007 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:53 pm -

Your original post (9:53pm) summed it up. You are dead on.

10/03/2007 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly. Chris Koster is not a democrat - he is only about Chris Koster.

10/03/2007 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then why doesn't he run as an independent?

Oh, that's right - he values his ambition more than his principles, and he has made a political calculation that he stands a better chance if he claims to be a Dem.

10/03/2007 9:01 AM  
Anonymous the nitwit said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Democrats aren't going to support Koster for statewide office until he makes amends for all the icky stuff he did in the state Senate. Run for re-election, show us you're a loyal soldier by your deeds, and we'll follow you into battle. But until we know we can trust you, Chris, the charges of opportunism and a hollow conversion will continue to stick.

10/03/2007 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, this Democrat supports Koster. And, apparently I am not alone. The unions are rallying behind him, the trial lawyers are making big donations, and the local politicos will tell you (albeit privately) that they want an AG Koster. I understand that Dan et al. have already signed on with Harris - but the dude is going to lose.

10/03/2007 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure Harris and Bartle are on good terms considering they graduated from high school together at the same time.

10/04/2007 7:36 PM  

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