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Barbara Boxer primary opponent announces 3 Obama job bribes he'd accept to drop his challenge

In an obviously effective attempt to attract free attention to his hopeless primary campaign against incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, California's Mickey Kaus has just announced the three backroom bribes that he would accept from the Obama administration to drop his challenge.

The California primary is Tuesday.

Mickey Kaus

The Obama administration in recent days has been embarrassed to have to defend its job offers to at least two rebel Democrats challenging incumbent Democratic senators in this ominous midterm election year -- Joe Sestak, who successfully dumped incumbent, newly discovered Democrat Arlen Specter, and Andrew Romanoff, who's challenging troubled Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado.

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Press Secretary Robert Gibbs attempted to justify the employment buy-offs by painting them as routine political maneuvers and efforts to promote party unity.

Kaus, a pioneering political blogger, sees the bids differently: 

"I always thought primary challenges were part of the democratic process, allowing a full airing of competing viewpoints and offering voters a choice. I'm challenging a three-term incumbent in order to provoke a debate over the misguided Democratic party dogma she reflexively embraces."

The candidate who claims to be no politician said he would accept no ordinary federal bureaucrat's job. However, he could be purchased by employment as:

--Head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement to push for an actual physical fence on the Mexico border to stop illegal immigrants and to end the "anointed incumbent...Boxer's obsessive talk of amnesty, sorry, 'a path to citizenship'" that actually acts as a powerful lure for even more illegal immigrants.

--Second, Kaus kindly offers, Obama could put him on the National Labor Relations Board so he could thwart "Big Labor's attempt to add to their dwindling memberships by avoiding secret ballots in union organizing drives."

--Finally, Kaus offered to accept an administration job offer to the Department of Education to write "a scathing report" on California teachers' unions and their deleterious impact on the state.

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Now, Pennsylvania's Sestak losing to the Republican anyway

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Photo: Kaus for Senate

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Mickey Kaus rocks! Finally a Democrat with ideas other than blind socialism.

What great ideas, here is someone that really wants to make a difference
instead of getting a chance to eat in the senate cafateria and have a staff and office in Washington D. C.

mickey kaus has my vote. what a refreshing change he would be from ma'am (they call me senator) boxer !

Amazing . . . absolutely amazing. Finally, a candidate I can be proud of. Boxer has shamed the great Golden State. Every other state is laughing at us because of her! We need a grown-up representing California.

I think he deserves all three don't you! I hope Urkel sees this and considers his offer, he is on a roll don't you know. Could politics get any more interesting, how has Boxer lasted all this time...oh I know most of the country has been in a coma. Well we're all awake now and I would like to thank Mr. Kaus for speaking up, keep up the great work!

Funniest story of the month! Thank you!

Chicago politics go nationwide. Shameful.

I doubt I would ever vote for a Crat. But I have to admit that this is sticking a finger in Obama's eye. It's way past due.

What??? This guys campaign is "hopeless"? Given what liberal politicians like Barbara " Call me Senator" Boxer have done to California over the last several decades, Democrats should be lining up behind this guy in droves. See New Jersey for what it looks like to throw out worthless liberal incumbents and elect real leaders.

Well, Hallelujah! There actually IS a Democrat left somewhere in this country who isn't a knee-jerk socialist! Let me suggest a fourth job: head of the FCC. That way you squelch the goal of the Obama administration to take total control the nations media.

sounds like a conservative to me!

My fellow Californians we need to do this come November. it's the GOLDEN STATES last stand. Sacramento and Washington are way beyond their powers and limiting our individual freedoms and running our future into the black abyss.

I like this guys take as he calls out the joke of a leader Babs Boxer. He will not win this one but he can win the minds of some of those whom a being duped by the socialist agenda that Boxer, Pelosi and all the way up to Obama that they are fed. Come NOVEMBER put an end to the terror reign of Barbara Boxer.

oohhh Obama's going to get mad, he doesn't like to be ridiculed...

If I lived in California I would vote for Mickey. Maybe he'll pull off an upset.

How about a Pet Goat, Mickey?

Whether Mickey Kaus or Mickey Mouse, it would be an improvement over Babs. However, she is still a heavy favorite to win re-election, since the only Republican with a chance to defeat her, Tom Campbell, has virtually no chance of getting his party's nomination in the primary. Too bad these scandals didn't come to light earlier so that Kaus could have used them to build up some legitimate momentum and at least force Boxer to spend some money on the primary election.

I guess I'm going to have to run for office so I can be bribed with a cushy job with the government to give up the effort. As for myself, all I would need is to appointed to be Ambassador to Tahiti.

Give me liberty or buy me off.

This is the type of leader we need.

Babs Boxer has been... er.. . living and thinking too much inside the box 8-)

Do any of you even know what a socialist is?

How dare anyone challenge an anti-American Marxist like Boxer?

I am sick and tired of anti-union Democrats. He should be a Republican.

This is my view. Woe is me.


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