Oct
29
2014
1

Quote of the Day, Arguing About The Things That Matter edition.

Jonah Goldberg:

As a proud member of the “don’t just do something, sit there” school of politics, I don’t fret much about partisanship and gridlock. Partisanship and gridlock aren’t bugs of our constitutional system, they’re features. And while everyone likes to see their preferred policies sail through Congress, on the whole I think we’ve been well served by those features for two centuries.

That said, in the spirit of compromise so lacking in Washington, I would like to offer a suggestion for how to fix the alleged dysfunction in Washington: Let’s have more partisanship about ideas and less about process.

I will raise a cheer for process-related partisanship – I find merit in the Republican party’s history, even when it was not unabashedly conservative* – but Jonah raised some interesting points. Read, as they say, the whole thing.

Moe Lane

*The GOP has always fallen back to embracing liberty.  From the Civil War to civil rights to killing the Soviet Empire, once and for bloody all. And if that meant using the government to do it, well… there is still music in the sound of a shackle broken, and clattering to the ground.

Oct
29
2014
4

Independent, NAMED sources: Mary Burke fired from family business for incompetence.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: when I heard that Mary Burke had been essentially accused of being a nepotism-loving nincompoop who had to be fired from her father’s company (Trek Bicycle Corp) because she couldn’t hack the family business, I… shrugged.  The original story had one named source – former Trek HR director Gary Ellerman, who is now the chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party – and a couple of anonymous ones; and while the story certainly rang true you could make a legitimate case that the whole thing was just a partisan attack.  Well, OK, it is a partisan attack; which doesn’t make it false, but does make the whole thing arguable.

But then stuff happened.  First off, this: (more…)

Oct
29
2014
0

Democrats: Danged if they do embrace Obama, danged if they don’t.

David Axelrod:

“I’ve always believed that it’s not an effective strategy to run against a president of your own party, unless you’ve been actively opposed to that president,” said David Axelrod, who was Obama’s top political strategist in his two presidential campaigns and a senior adviser in his White House. “You’re going to get tagged with it anyway.”

Particularly when running against said President is in direct contradiction to your own voting history.

[A] new issue of Congressional Quarterly brings fresh evidence that Senate Democrats have maintained a tight formation behind the president, even as his approval ratings have sunk. It analyzed the 120 Senate votes on which Obama has urged a “yes” or “no” this year, and found that the most vulnerable Democrats stood behind him a minimum of 96 percent of the time.

You end up pleasing nobody.

Oct
28
2014
0

So immigration activists really *are* going to go after Barack Obama over this.

Will wonders never cease.

The President apparently told Ms. Lopez to go yell at the Republicans. …Yeah, good luck with that one, Barack Obama. This is not a situation where Ms. Lopez – and the people who think as she does on immigration issues – needs to be persuaded to vote for the Democrat over the Republican. No, this is a situation where Ms. Lopez needs to be persuaded to vote at all.

Moe Lane

Oct
28
2014
7

What did you do with the money, Nancy?

I read stories like this, and the title is my reaction. Where was the money that Nancy Pelosi was given already?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told colleagues on Tuesday that Democrats have an “urgent need” to give money to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the final days before the midterm election.

On a caucus-wide, members-only conference call, Pelosi and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, of New York, stressed that members needed to quickly pay their party dues so Democrats would have cash to run last-minute ads and maintain get-out-the-vote programs, a Democratic aide said.

I kept getting told that the Democrats were raking in the cash, hand over fist. So where’s the money, Nancy? What did it get spent on? Why is the DCCC so out of cash that it’s hitting up its members for back dues?

Oct
28
2014
5

One more week. One more *freaking* week. Cannot *wait*.

My side is winning, and I cannot wait for it to be over. Of course, I saw somebody write off-handedly that the 2016 Presidential primary season will be starting in six months. Imagine my reaction…

…no, you won’t have to.

Yeah, it was like that.

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Oct
28
2014
6

New Hampshire, Vermont: look, all those states look alike to Elizabeth Warren.

You really don’t expect Elizabeth Warren to care about New Hampshire, can you? The Senator can barely muster up enough energy to care about Massachusetts.  So it’s not really surprising to hear that the woman apparently can’t be bothered to remember which state Jeanne Shaheen pretends to be from: (more…)

Oct
28
2014
6

So, I early-voted today.

Largely because I’d rather do it now than do it next week with two kids in tow (thank you, Maryland state government, for giving the kids two days off for Election Day).  Straight GOP ticket, of course; where there wasn’t a Republican listed I wrote in my own name.  I’ll go down swinging, thank you kindly.

However… interestingly, when I asked the election judges how the early voting was going they said it was actually pretty busy: on par, in fact, with a Presidential year.  This being Maryland, where the only ostensibly competitive race on my ballot was the county executive one*… that’s kind of surprising, really.  And, try as I might: I can’t figure out how that could be bad for the GOP, either.  I mean, again: it’s Maryland.

Moe Lane

*Which, freakishly, we might actually win.

Oct
27
2014
5

White House sending mixed signals about a likely 2015 Republican Congressional landscape.

Like they do.

I hadn’t realized that the Democrats had realized that things were that bad: “Nervous that Democrats could lose control of the Senate, the White House is already discussing how to cut deals with a Republican majority.”  Sure, the article’s trying to argue that in 2016 Senators in Obama states would be desperate to make deals… because Barack Obama’s people are still retaining the almost-charming delusion that 2008/2012 Presidential results will be all that relevant in a 2016 election.  Tell that to Bob Schaffer, Jim Gilmore, Elizabeth Dole, and arguably Steve Pearce.

Then again, perhaps the Democrats in the White House haven’t worked out their potential new place in the world, yet: (more…)

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Oct
27
2014
1

Tweet of the Day, This Is Why We Don’t Sweat Cross-Party Political Ad Placement edition.

Because sometimes they’re hysterical.

Seriously, that’s one heck of an ad placement fail.

Oct
27
2014
2

The Mark of the Udall Curse now damaging all other Udall candidacies THROUGHOUT SPACE AND TIME.

…OK, maybe that’s me being silly.  But Tom Udall’s (D, NM) most recent Albuquerque Journal poll is the worst we’ve seen yet for him.  Admittedly, 50-43 over Allen Weh is still a very good place for Udall to be, a week out – but keep an eye on this one, maybe.  Mark Udall’s campaign taints all Democratic things that it touches with its mediocrity: it’s entirely possible that the very name itself might be serving as a warning to New Mexico voters. (more…)

Oct
26
2014
0

You won’t believe what these immigration activists did at Kay Hagan’s campaign rally!

No, really.  You won’t believe it.

“Nnnooo, no no no no nononono” (more…)

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