Oct
31
2012
5

“Welcome To The Jungle.”

I’m putting this below the fold.  Because some things, once seen, may not be unseen.

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Oct
31
2012
2

RS Interview: Chris Sheldon (R CAND, MA-09).

The rather epic redistricting of Massachusetts in 2011-2012 (short version: the state lost a district, and nobody wanted to be the guy without a chair, and things went downhill from there) resulted in the creation of a conservative – for Massachusetts – district involving the Cape Cod area.  It’s a seat with a half-incumbent: current MA-10 Rep. Bill Keating didn’t exactly live inside the district’s new boundaries… but he does have a summer home there, which apparently counts. He’s being challenged in this particular race by Chris Sheldon, local businessman and volunteer.  We spoke with Chris this afternoon:

Chris’s site is here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Oct
31
2012
2

Pew backs up Gallup on Obama losing early voting totals.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch

Just as the presidential race is deadlocked in the campaign’s final days, the candidates are also running about even when it comes to the ground game. Voters nationally, as well those in the closely contested battleground states, report being contacted at about the same rates by each of the campaigns. And with a fifth of likely voters reporting already having cast their ballots, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney has a clear advantage among early voters. This is in sharp contrast to early voting at this point four years ago, which favored Obama by a wide margin.

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Oct
31
2012
13

Let me just apologize in advance… [UDATE: Whew.]

[UPDATE: My mom checked in. She’s fine and so is everybody else. No power, but fine.]

…my immediate family – including my mom – lives in a portion of the Jersey Shore that is apparently off of the grid right now, and I haven’t directly heard from them in two days. So I may be just a touch on edge for a while. I won’t try to take it out on anybody, but I’m not exactly serene at the moment.

Oct
31
2012
47

OK. So which movie director SHOULD do Episode VII?

OK, so when I went off on Disney acquiring LucasFilm yesterday I had a lot of people point out to me that at least Disney will sell us stuff that we tell them that we actually want to buy – which Lucas always had a problem with. And I admit, that is an argument. So then I see this:

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Oct
31
2012
1

RCP sums it all up with one week to go.

I don’t know why this is the funniest damn thing that I’ve seen yet today, but it is:

We might be having a small problem with coming to a consensus on how the election is going.

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Oct
31
2012
1

Gallup: Erm, that early voting advantage for Obama? Well… it’s sort of, um, yeah, NOT THERE.

Not even a little.

Romney currently leads Obama 52% to 45% among voters who say they have already cast their ballots. However, that is comparable to Romney’s 51% to 46% lead among all likely voters in Gallup’s Oct. 22-28 tracking polling. At the same time, the race is tied at 49% among those who have not yet voted but still intend to vote early, suggesting these voters could cause the race to tighten. However, Romney leads 51% to 45% among the much larger group of voters who plan to vote on Election Day, Nov. 6.

Gallup’s showing that 15% of the electorate has already voted; 33% currently say that they have already voted or plan to; and estimate that 36% of the electorate will be early voting this year.  In case you were wondering, at this point in 2008 Barack Obama was winning all three categories in the previous paragraph by comfortable margins: 53/43 among already-voted, 54/40 among plan-to-vote-early, 50/44 among vote-on-Election-Day.  That link’s via Dave Weigel (who also helpfully offers up the Obama campaign’s rebuttal of state polls without noting that we are constantly seeing inflated reports of early voting on the state level*); the whole thing’s via Jim Geraghty’s Daily Jolt (alas, NRO is down right now, so no direct link). (more…)

Oct
31
2012
6

A helpful reminder for anybody owed money by a Democratic organization.

Specifically: if you’re a vendor who has sold goods or services to either the DNC, the DCCC,  and/or OfA, and you have not been paid yet… this is the week to settle your bills.

Moe Lane

PS: Don’t be meshuggah.  People have a right to expect that their contracts will be honored.  Even from the dishonorable.  Especially from the dishonorable, in fact.

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Oct
30
2012
1

“Roll the Chariot,”

“Roll the Chariot,” Saturday Night at Sea, 97th Regimental String Band

I started picking up this band the last time I visited Gettysburg with my dad.

Oct
30
2012
1

Tweet of the Day, An Excellent Start To The Last Week edition.

One billion dollars raised by the ostensibly most powerful fundraising campaign in American political history, and Obama can’t match Romney in the final stretch.

And Romney’s ahead. Challengers are not supposed to be ahead of incumbents one week out before an election.

Oct
30
2012
5

Ah, Obama’s finally admitting that Michigan has become… problematic.

Obama for America’s finally buying ad time in Michigan (specifically, the Detroit market).  Fortunately, they weren’t listening to me, or they would have done it last week when I pointed out their problem.

This, of course, does not mean that we have won Michigan.  It does mean, however, that a campaign with finite resources – more finite than Romney’s, these days – is getting just a little bit nervous about the map.

Oct
30
2012
14

Walt Disney to acquire LucasFilm (and it’s worse than you think).

This news is undoubtedly going to have people screaming “DO NOT WANT” for some time, but let me really piddle in your corn flakes: you know all those Star Wars parodies?  All those great ones?  You know how they’re all over the place, largely because George Lucas has the laudable quality of being generally tolerant of people playing in his sandbox?

You notice how that doesn’t happen so much with Disney products?

Yeah.  There’s a reason for that.

Moe Lane

PS: Also: hey, how long can Disney keep its intellectual property out of the public domain?  That’s right, kids: forever!  Or they’ll die trying.  Amazing what you can accomplish when you have the resources to buy a couple of Senators and a bunch of Congressmen…

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