September 30, 2010
— Maetenloch Happy Thursday all.
Well pretty much. Except hamburgers are much cheaper, taste a lot less bitter, are non-addictive, and can be taken orally. Other than that they're exactly alike. And only a horrible, horrible mother would ever get her kid started on the patty lifestyle.
Now behave yourselves on the ONT while I go out and score me a Royale with cheese.
— DrewM 9pm eastern on From The Right Radio.
Also appearing on the show, Karen Harrington who is running against Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in FL-20.
Right now, RCP doesn't have it as a battleground race but then again they didn't have Barney Frank's district on the list either until recently. There are going to be surprises on election day so you can't rule anything out.
I suggested to Ace that he offer to celebrate if she wins by, um, enjoying, a pudding cup in her honor.
For Jenny Erikson.... more...
— Gabriel Malor How about a football thread? I'm laid up in Oklahoma with food poisoning, so why not throw the game on.
The Vegas book has OSU +3, which is essentially even because home field advantage is worth three points. This is ludicrous, because A&M is just not that good. My 'boys are gonna slaughter them. *fingers crossed* Kendell Hunter was all-American before he hurt himself last year; he woulda gone pro. He led the NCAA in rushing before they pulled the starters against Tulsa.
This is an open thread.
— Ace You may or may not find this funny. (I don't; I don't think he's funny.)
But that's not the point.
The point is the bitter tears of failure, flowing freely, and the recriminations launched five weeks out. more...
Endorsed by Quenchy (TM)
...and recruit 40 friends to do likewise. I think this last bit is kind of hard for anyone who doesn't have a blog (or, at least, a swingers' newsletter, as I used to), but even three or four people recruited to do this aids the cause greatly.
Hell, the calls alone aid the cause greatly. (But try to get the friends, too.)
I already told them, I'm signing up myself, and will be placing my 40 calls. Maybe think about doing so yourself.
As you probably have read a bunch of times, we lost that race for Murtha's old seat not due to actual numbers of voters who would vote for our guy but because we simply did not have the turnout machinery in place that the Democrats did. The district preferred the Republican... but a Democrat is now in Congress because their people went to the polls in greater numbers than ours.
In numerous places -- like in Sean Bielat's district -- we have a fighting shot to take these races. But, there, for example, Barney Frank has run unopposed for over 20 years. We just don't have the canvassers, ward-heelers, door-knockers in place there.
Many of the seats we could win, we won't win, for lack of aggressive GOTV.
That's what this is all about -- drawing on the national conservative movement to make calls to places where we just don't have the people in place.
Anyway, I think it's a great idea. I'll be doing it, and I hope you'll consider doing it too.
— Ace Which I don't even believe. I think it's likely Republican and he knows it, but according to the numbers he has to say Toss Up.
Meanwhile, everyone is endorsing Manchin. Assuming he will win, I guess. So Raese is fighting uphill against that.
Although Manchin remains popular his job approval rating in a September 19 Rasmussen survey was 69 percent he must make the transition from being the state's chief executive to being a federal candidate in a hostile climate for his party. A case in point is President Obama whose approval ratings in West Virginia are some of his lowest nationally. According to the PPP survey, Obama's job ratings were 30-percent approve to 64-percent disapprove. At the same time, Manchin is getting help from some unlikely sources. Its not surprising that hes been endorsed by the major labor unions, but hes also gotten the endorsement of the Chamber of Commerce. Even more surprising is todays endorsement from the West Virginia Coal Association, which is a very direct slap at Raese, who is in the coal business.
And the NRA, too, so if you're a West Virginia NRA member, you should give them a piece of your mind.
— Ace Some guy named DrewM. writing over at the New Ledger.
[W]hat is Americas core competency and strategic advantage, and how do we nurture it? Answer: It is our ability to attract, develop and unleash creative talent. That means men and women who invent, build and sell more goods and services that make peoples lives more productive, healthy, comfortable, secure and entertained than any other country.
Leadership today is about how the U.S. government attracts and educates more of that talent and then enacts the laws, regulations and budgets that empower that talent to take its products and services to scale, sell them around the world and create good jobs here in the process. Without that, we cant afford the health care or defense we need.
This is the plan the real Tea Party wants from its president. To implement it would require us to actually raise some taxes on, say, gasoline and cut others like payroll taxes and corporate taxes. It would require us to overhaul our immigration laws so we can better control our borders, let in more knowledge workers and retain those skilled foreigners going to college here. And it would require us to reduce some services like Social Security while expanding others, like education and research for a 21st-century economy.
By "Real Tea Party" he means liberals such as himself who want higher taxes and an economy planned by people who went to good schools.
Memo to Tom: the tea party movement in general terms isnt about government plans, unless its a plan to shrink government.
I just love how Friedman absolutely inverts the fundamental principles of the tea party and then has the audacity to say to them, this new set of values, completely contrary to your own, is what you really want.
David Frum used to knock the conservative base as the "Say It Louder" brigade -- that is, confronted with setback, our response was just to say, "Say it even louder this time."
What is Friedman doing apart from that (or any liberal, for that matter)? Confronted with a serious-minded political movement that's insisting on genuine change, what does Friedman do? What do any of them do? They say it louder.
And think they can convince us that the "Real Tea Party" should be supporting statism and even China-style corporate communism. (I mention the latter because we know what a fan of the Chinese dictatorship Friedman is.)
This is their idea of accommodating new ideas: Rejecting them entirely and just trotting out the same old tired failed policies of the past four years of Democratic rule.
— Ace Ron Johnson jumps to biggest lead eveh, 54%-42%.
LauraW sent this mildly-unsafe-for-work vid of a pug snout-humping a lab. Add your own metaphor and blame her.
— Ace This isn't on Obama so much as it's just the unavoidable tension of the situation: Pakistan is a state supporter of terrorism, period, and has perhaps the most terrorist-loving population on earth. Their cooperation is bought and coerced; at some point, they're going to declare allegiance to Team Terror.
This will probably pass, as it's hopefully just a bit of diplomatic theater; if not, I don't know what.
Pakistani authorities blocked a vital supply route for NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan on Thursday after the killing of three soldiers in two NATO cross-border incursions, officials said.
Trucks and fuel tankers for foreign forces in Afghanistan were stopped at the Torkham border post in the Khyber tribal region near the city of Peshawar, hours after the raid.
"Yes, the NATO supplies have been stopped. It has been done locally," a senior security official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Marco Rubio: Ugh. Even If You're Gay That's Nasty
Ace: I Wouldn't Do It in a Gay Way, Marco. I Would Do It... Like a Viking
Quinnippiac now has Rubio at 46%, which means... well assuming it's true he can't really lose under virtually any scenario.
Republican Marco Rubio holds a solid 46 33 percent likely voter lead over Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent in the race for Floridas U.S. Senate seat, with Democrat U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek at 18 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Geraghty wonders if he'll hit 50% in a three-way race. I reckon so.
Best Case Scenario: Florida: Time for another of CAC's maps. He notes that many of his predictions are coming true.
Again, dark red is what's already held; bright red are districts with at least a 20% of going GOP.
— Dave in Texas In context, out of context, whatever.
tip via MiketheMoose in one of the conspiracy(!) threads.
— Dave in Texas 2Q GDP expands a mere 1.7%.
Is there nothing American corporations won't do in order to damage our President and his party this November?
Have they no sense of decency?
— Dave in Texas Man, those sneaky businesses, scheduling their benefits open enrollment periods before an election.
Apparently, there is a large number of people who bought the lines about bending the cost curve down. My point is this: As people go through benefits enrollment, and come to realize that the expiration dates have been reached on Obamas promises, they will probably not look too charitably at the party that railroaded this through congress. At that point, the elections will be less than a month away.
It's seems as though corporations will go to any length to undermine Democrats in this election, including a calendar fiscal year.
I'm callin it the Gregorian conspiracy.
— Dave in Texas I think I slept through September.
A few things happened last night too, in case you were sleepin, see below.
September 29, 2010
— Dave in Texas This election cycle, it just gets better and better.
Senate Democrats agreed Wednesday night to a Republican demand to block President Obama from making recess appointments while Congress is out of town campaigning for the midterm elections.
Democratic leaders have agreed to schedule pro-forma sessions of the Senate every week over the next six weeks, a move that will prevent Obama from making emergency appointments, according to Senate sources briefed on the talks.
If you're a Republican, what's it like to find your spine?
On the flip side, if you're a Democrat fighting for re-election, what's it like to find your biggest liability might even be the leader of your own party?
I'll bet it really sucks.
— Dave in Texas Tonight was the deadline for him to decide.
Still no endorsement from him.
I know there was some speculation about whether a write-in candicacy would hurt or help O'Donnell, that perhaps he would siphon off more votes from Coons. I really don't know, but I think I prefer "sitting down and shutting up" to pulling a Crist or a Madcowski, if for no other reason than it appears marginally less petulant.
An endorsement would be even less petulant Mike.
— DrewM Maine? Fuggetabout it. NY is the place with a crazy candidate starting a fight.
Apparently this has something to do with Paladino charging that Andrew Cuomo has an illegitimate daughter or was unfaithful to his ex-wife (more on that here). Paladino has acknowledge he has a 10 year old daughter with a woman other than his long time wife.
I knew Dicker a bit back when I was in college and interned at a TV station that he appeared on regularly. He's an old school reporter who doesn't really like anyone, though if anything he seemed to lean a bit to the right (at least on spending and open government issues). Plus, he writes for the NY Post, not exactly a hotbed of liberalism in NY.
Dicker pretty much takes on whoever is in power. The idea that he's a shill for Cuomo strikes me as pretty silly (maybe not, see update). That said, he's not going to go printing unsubstantiated crap on a Republicans behalf either.
I know people love Paladino's fighting style but it's a thin line between that and an irresponsible loose cannon. I think if you are going to charge someone else with the sin you committed, you better provide the evidence at that time.
UPDATE: I have to admit, I haven't read Dicker much lately but after going through some of his recent columns, he does seem to be backing Cuomo.
I'm not sure that makes Paladino's behavior much better but it does put it in a somewhat different light.
— Slublog How do you know when your state's politics are officially boring? When something like this counts as a MAJOR. SCANDAL.
News of the punch comment comes on the heels of a video posted online Tuesday showing LePage telling a crowd that, if elected, they can expect to see newspaper headlines declaring Governor LePage tells Obama to go to hell.Normally, I wouldn't post about local politics, but this seems to be scandalous enough to attract the attention of national media. Equally horrifying? This same candidate told a reporter to "stop the bullshit" when he was asked a question about his wife's taxes.
In an interview with The Associated Press, LePage said he regretted his choice of words but wasn't backing down in his criticism of the Obama administration for what he describes as free-spending, antibusiness policies.
Am I politically correct all the time? No. Maybe it's time to have people say bluntly what's going on, LePage said Wednesday. The fact of the matter is that I haven't learned how to speak out of both sides of my mouth yet.
Sorry folks...the revolution was fun while it lasted, but all good things must come to an end.
Seriously, though, there's a reason LePage is getting hit on stuff like this. The Dems who have been running this state for years can't defend their record so they (along with a willing press) are playing up the 'temperament' argument and asking whether LePage is emotionally stable enough to be governor.
The only problem with this argument? The Dems and the press made it an issue during the last election, and it hasn't exactly worked out that well. Americans were assured that Barack Obama had a "first-class temperament." As it turns out, the president is a bit thin-skinned and unable to take criticism.
What the media doesn't seem to realize about this election year is that the political silly season is over. Voters aren't looking for someone who can play the part of elected official. They're looking for people who share their beliefs and who have the willingness to lead and limit the intrusion of government into our lives.
Even if those individuals sometimes say naughty words.
Obligatory: If you've got a few bucks lying around and want to hurt some blue-state Democrats, you know what to do.
— Maetenloch Welcome to tonight's semi-half-assed hump day ONT.
Don't make him fight you. Cause things might escalate. Quickly. Might even jump up a notch or two. And could even involve kittehs.
— Ace Once again: Revolution canceled. (At Hot Air.)
I haven't been this disillusioned since I found out John Boehner either may have had or almost certainly didn't have an affair.
Next up: Carly Fiorina once almost took a deduction she wasn't qualified for until her CPA told her not to take it.
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