Again, this was a pretty good Halloween. Except for that one set of kids… ach, well, I should let it go.
…it’s going to be because of stuff like this:
…Ernst, who was wrapping up her 99-county tour, appeared with Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and John McCain. Braley, who earlier this week finished his part of the Democrats’ 99-county tour…
Bolding mine. ‘His part?’ Tell me: did Bruce Braley at least get a participation trophy?
Story based on conversations with some dozen Iowans suggests race slipping from Dems. Hmmmm: http://t.co/H1Fn04mMVo
— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) November 1, 2014
Almost no Elsas, though. According to Twitter, that was supposedly a thing elsewhere today.
What can Massachusetts Republicans do to convince Democrats to keep nominating Martha Coakley for major statewide office?
I mean, really.
I wasn’t really expecting to get this one, to be honest.
Yeah, it was news to me, too. And, for the record? Fred Upton, contra the text below, is still cruising toward victory.
Veteran Republican Rep. Fred Upton appeared to be cruising toward victory until Harvard law professor Larry Lessig’s Mayday PAC targeted him earlier this month, buying $2.15 million in TV ads against him.
Lessig’s PAC targets politicians who don’t back campaign finance reform, but hitting Upton was an odd tactic, not only given his support of the issue but also because of his ties to the tech industry.
Just because it’s a bluff doesn’t mean it’s not a threat.
This is… interesting.
I think the Democrats just threatened me: pic.twitter.com/wGvYInosk5
— Jonathan Coulton (@jonathancoulton) October 30, 2014
Quick background on this: Jonathan Coulton is a songwriter and performer who is popular in the science fiction and fantasy community, particularly the section of it that goes to conventions. He does a lot of stuff that’s gaming- and geek-themed, and he’s one of the people who makes his living via using the (air quotes) ‘Internet’ pretty much exclusively. And if you’re wondering why any of that matters, let me put it this way: a nontrivial percentage of the people in your IT department can sing along to RE: Your Brains*.
And Mr. Coulton just told over a hundred thousand people that the Democrats threatened him. (more…)
Matt Lewis revisited some last-minute election stories over the years – some true, some kinda-sorta true but not really, and some outright whoppers, and concluded:
Well, we have now entered the period in the campaign cycle where people go crazy and campaigns get utterly desperate. This is good advice for the political activists and operatives who tend to go insane this time of year. It’s also valid advice for the general public who are media consumers — but it’s especially good advice for those sleep-deprived bastards charged with covering the dwindling days of the 2014 campaign: For the next week, be even more skeptical than normal. Don’t trust anyone. Or, if you prefer, as the saying goes, “Trust, but verify.”
My rule of thumb: if it sounds too good, or too bad, to be true – it probably isn’t. But I do not point fingers; I have been fooled myself, and I do not flatter myself by thinking that I will never be fooled again. I probably will be. Most of us will be, at some time or another.
Partially stress, partially election, a little bit from, frankly, gas – but mostly because my MMO just started up the Halloween event and I feel the urge to go fight Kitties of Ulthar. Which are pretty much Crinos-form werewolves with cat heads on them. Hey, it’s Halloween.
Why then, this is Hell: nor is the Staten Island Advance out of it.
There are, on occasion, electoral races in which both candidates are of high quality and high integrity and conduct a tough but fair campaign about the issues.
Fair-minded voters have a difficult choice, but they can know that, no matter who is elected, they’ll be well represented by someone who won’t embarrass their community.
The election for the House of Representatives seat in the 11th New York Congressional District is nothing like that.