Apr
30
2010
1

‘Like a Rock.’

I didn’t do this one? I thought I did this one.


“Like a Rock,” Bob Seger – Greatest Hits

Apr
30
2010
1

State of the Race: Nikki Haley (R CAND, SC-GOV).

I was able to catch up with RS favorite Nikki Haley today and ask her a few questions about the state of the Governor’s race in South Carolina:

The GOP gubernatorial primary on June 8th is more or less expected at this point to go to a runoff for later that month, and the winner of that primary will be heavily favored to win the election. So check her site out.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Apr
30
2010
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This would have worked, before the Internet.

As a method for sucking in people to watch romantic comedies, that is.  Heck, make the first five or fifteen minutes cool enough and you can get people to forgive you the remainder :coughcoughcoughGladiatorcoughcoughcough:…

Apr
30
2010
3

Crist, will Greene Sink Meek?

Well… no.  But it was too obnoxious a title to pass up.

Prior to everything else: Rubio.

I had originally titled this as “Democrats get their own Orange Guy in Florida,” but it isn’t fair to hold the tint control in Jeff Greene’s introductory video against him*.  Greene is the Big Meanie who has just swooped into the Florida race to ruin Rep. Kendrick Meek’s and Senator Robert Menendez’s day; he’s got no real qualifications except having money, but he apparently makes up for that by having a lot of money.  Enough money, in fact, that he’s telling people not to give more than $100 apiece: that translates to “I’m going to self-fund this windmill tilt.”

And that means, yeah, he doesn’t have a chance of getting the nomination.  Not to be unnecessarily blunt about it, but the Democrats are not going to abandon their only African-American major candidate for Senator, and no matter that Meek was a sacrificial lamb in the first place; he’s their sacrificial lamb, darn it, and there are limits.  Also, the fact that Greene so helpfully has used his own introductory video to give us an idea of what line of underhanded personal attacks to use against him in the primary** tells us that said attacks will be able to mine a rich vein of material.  So I don’t expect this guy to win.  But I expect that he’ll make the Democrats pay for that win.

Through the nose***.

Moe Lane

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Apr
30
2010
1

NRCC outrecruits DCCC with female candidates.

Way to bury the ledes there, WaPo.

I suppose that I should be nicer. After all, the Washington Post bothered to actually report that there has been a heavy surge in female recruitment by the GOP this cycle (H/T: The New Ledger):

Nearly two years after Sarah Palin became the Republican Party’s first female nominee for vice president, record numbers of Republican women are running for House seats, driving the overall count of women running for both the House and the Senate to a new high.

The surge in female candidates has taken place largely under the radar. The previous high came in 1992, the “Year of the Woman” that pushed the percentage of women in Congress into the double digits for the first time. That year, 222 women filed to run for the House and 29 for Senate contests.

So far this year, 239 women are candidates for the House and 31 for the Senate, according to data from the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics.

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Apr
30
2010
14

#rsrh I once had Friedersdorf’s Syndrome…

…which is in fine display here*, in a post that sought out to address Charles Blow’s rather puerile race-baiting (using a rebuttal process that was infinitely more thorough than the original race-baiting).  I was planning to explain, quite thoroughly, why it’s a waste of time to convince the Activist Left to be polite to the Right; but fortunately, a commenter of his did it for me.

Those people were not “minstrels” they were uncle Toms. The tea-b[*]ggers are just a sad group of old, white, rich, malcontent republicans who hate blacks, hispanics, asians, the middle class and the poor and hate the fact that we have a black president. When they howl “TAKE BACK AMERICA!!!” they mean to take it back from the minorities. Luckily the middle class and the poor far outnumber the tea-b[*]ggers so they will have little effect in November.

Conor, Conor, Conor. The Activist Left hates us. They will continue to hate us until we break and lick their boots.  It’s their freaking victory condition. We’re in a war to the knife, made all the more psychologically vicious because there’s no physical violence involved.

Accept that.

Moe Lane

*H/T Instapundit, who does not need to have things explained to him.

Apr
30
2010
1

DNC *still* advertising for astroturfers.

No, really: check out the job description.

Email campaigners are responsible for planning, writing, and executing grassroots campaigns to advance the President’s agenda for change.

Back in December when Ben Smith reported on this the first time, the DNC’s response was “Your in-box isn’t going to fill itself.” Which is a very unintentionally revealing statement, given that it essentially concedes that the DNC assumes that there’s no such thing as a spontaneous popular movement. After all, if they don’t exist on the Left – and if they existed, the DNC wouldn’t be advertising for people to create them – then they don’t exist anywhere. This probably explains their more nonsensical statements about Tea Parties: the idea of a legitimate populist, grassroots-driven movement is as alien to them as a reactionless drive would be to a modern physicist. (more…)

Apr
30
2010
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Where’s Waldo*, Werner Herzog?

Where is Waldo, indeed.

I was sent this with the usual warnings of This Way Lies Madness, and it’s obviously satirical, but I actually found the narration somewhat clever on its own terms, in a pretentious sort of way. Could we have derailed New German Cinema simply by having made sure that kids got read to by their parents? The mind boggles at the ease with which that movement could have been excised from history. (more…)

Apr
29
2010
1

State of the Race: Sean Duffy, (R CAND, WI-07)

I was able to talk for a few minutes about the state of Sean’s race against David Obey over in WI-07:

Obey is in one of those seats that usually looks untouchable, and pretty much is effectively untouchable, most years; but this isn’t one of those years. The man has a lot of explaining to do, both in terms of his political party and his behavior as Appropriations Chair… which is one reason why Cook is rating this one as no better for Obey than Likely Democratic.

Sean’s website is here: check him out again.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Apr
29
2010
4

One pre-emptive Crist observation.

[UPDATE]: Welcome, Instapundit readers.

If Crist really does declare an independent run this afternoon Sen. Cornyn of the NRSC will wind up looking foolish, true. Only thing is, Sen Menendez of the DSCC is going to end up looking even worse. He’s the one who recruited a candidate that Rasmussen has in third in a GOP split and who PPP reports is less popular than Crist. And now the DSCC actually has to go all-in on a bad fundraiser and an uninspiring candidate*.  That’s bad enough in a year where they’re playing offense – which is to say, a year that’s not 2010.  In short, the Democrats could have been walking into this the presumptive winner.  Instead, they’re even now trying to figure out how to torpedo Charlie Crist themselves in order to maintain their shot at the seat.

Oops?

Moe Lane

*Not that the DSCC has very many inspiring ones this cycle, either.  But Kendrick Meek is especially noteworthy in his blandness.

Crossposted to RedState.

Apr
29
2010
1

Panda mugs tourist for jacket.

And the self-destructive spiral of an entire species continues.

The raccoons should stage an intervention.

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