Nov
17
2014
6

Tweet of the Day, I Wonder How Begich Will Vote On #Keystone Now edition.

…Too soon?

Congratulations, Senator Dan Sullivan.

Nov
17
2014
1

How the GOP used social media to outsmart anti-free speech laws.

Looks like the NRCC was on the ball this cycle.

Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, CNN has learned, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination.

Translation: they probably didn’t, which CNN will concede later. Moving on…

…The groups behind the operation had a sense of humor about what they were doing. One Twitter account was named after Bruno Gianelli, a fictional character in The West Wing who pressed his colleagues to use ethically questionable “soft money” to fund campaigns.

A typical tweet read: “CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52–>49/476-10s.” The source said posts like that — which would look like gibberish to most people — represented polling data for various House races.

(more…)

Nov
16
2014
1

Jane Hamsher to HuffPo to Rep. Steve Stockman to Erick Erickson to me.

The Internet is an amazing thing.

Moe Lane (more…)

Nov
16
2014
7

Quote of the Day, …And Nobody In California Thinks About It edition.

Look, the basic problem for California right now is that it hasn’t rained enough for the last few years.  It’d still wouldn’t have rained enough if the state had been run on free-market libertarian principles for that time, either.  But let’s not pretend that government can’t ever make things worse:

Property owners have long sought to divert more water from streams and build new wells, but efforts have been slow. Concern about promoting development or taking water from wildlife often got in the way, along with the sheer expense of new construction.

“People will throw a foot valve into a stream rather than fix a well,” said Steve Simms, a lifetime San Mateo County resident who runs a Pescadero plumbing business and consults on water. “It becomes this whole layer of bureaucracy and costs that they have to deal with.”

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Nov
16
2014
9

Keystone bill passes House: eyes now turn to Senate.

That’s one way to put it, at least:

The House on Friday passed legislation to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, setting the stage for a showdown in the Senate next week.

The legislation was approved 252-161, with 31 Democrats joining Republicans in backing a construction permit for the controversial project, which would bring oil sands from Canada to refineries in the United States.

…although I should note that the term ‘controversial’ is, well, controversial: basically, the most progressive Democrats out there hate the thing, largely because they don’t like Americans to have cheap energy*.  Everybody else thinks that the idea is just swell; unfortunately – for the Democrats – the aforementioned progressives made a better offer.  Short-term thinking for the win! (more…)

Nov
15
2014
3

A reminder: Jon Gruber was used to attack Romney for Romneycare.

John Dickerson of Slate drills down on why Jon Gruber is such an awkward ally for the Obama administration, and hits the nerve:

Before he was causing problems for the Obama administration, the Obama team was using Gruber to unsettle Mitt Romney. In the 2012 campaign, Obama’s camp was claiming that the Massachusetts health care plan was the intellectual model for Obamacare, just as Romney was trying to disavow it. Gruber was essential to this case. In a video produced by the Obama campaign celebrating the anniversary of “Romneycare,” Gruber says, “I helped Gov. Romney develop his health care reform or Romneycare, before going down to Washington to help President Obama develop his national version of that law.” The spot includes old footage of Romney thanking Gruber for his work on the Massachusetts health bill. “The core of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare and what we did in Massachusetts are identical,” Gruber says. The MIT professor was such an important part of the creation of Obamacare that his association with Romney’s effort proved the link between the two programs. If that involvement in Obamacare was sufficient to condemn Romney in 2012, it’s sufficient enough for Republicans to raise it now over Gruber’s claims about the Affordable Care Act. What’s Gruber for the goose, is Gruber for the gander.

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Nov
15
2014
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Quote of the Day, Oh, Don’t Sell Your Fame Short, Harry Reid edition.

Now isn’t this just precious:

Asked if his leadership style contributed to the Senate losses, Reid told POLITICO: “Does anybody in Nebraska know me? Or Kansas? I don’t think it had much to do with me. I don’t think most people know who I am.”

Trust me, soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader: we’ve been making sure that people in Nebraska and Kansas – and Arkansas and Alaska and North Carolina and South Dakota and Montana and Louisiana and Kentucky and Georgia and West Virginia and Colorado and, oh, so many other places! – know exactly who Harry Reid is, and what he represents. (more…)

Nov
14
2014
2

Democratic pundits glumly realize that no, Nancy Pelosi isn’t leaving.

Dana Milbank begins the Long Slog:

There are five 2014 House races still to be decided before we can answer a question of historical interest:

Was this the worst election for House Democrats since 1928? Or was it merely their worst since 1946?

Either way, the results do not reflect well on the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi — a conclusion that seems to have escaped Nancy Pelosi.

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Nov
14
2014
1

Oh, Ted Cruz’s Jon Gruber-Obamacare video is choice.

As is some of the epic-level butthurt in some of the responses. But, hey, we’ve all done that. …Yes, even you.

Moe Lane

PS: Always assume cameras. ALWAYS assume cameras.

Nov
14
2014
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Tweet of the Day, You’re On A BOAT, @jimgeraghty… edition.

…so stop scooping my post ideas, OK?

As you can see, this was in response to some dude or dudette on the Internet’s getting all bent out of shape because Jim noted that when Rep. Joe Wilson (SC) shouted “YOU LIE!” at Barack Obama’s claim that Obamacare would be extended to illegal immigrants, Joe Wilson turned out to be… correct; they’re talking about doing that. Which I was on the verge of looking up, except that Jim beat it to me. While on vacation, the so-and-so.

Ach, well. At least I got the Frank J Fleming interview in before he did.

Nov
14
2014
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You know what would REALLY ‘annoy’ the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

Having their top leadership dragged before the Senate every day to answer questions.  Maybe even having some of them spend some time exploring the possible permutations of the phrase ‘held in contempt of Congress.’ Because being beholden to the law is not the most onerous thing that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will ever have to do:

A federal judge forced the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to obey the same rules of discovery in civil litigation that apply to everybody else even if government officials are annoyed by them.

Judge John E. McDermott rejected a motion by CFPB. As a result, the bureau’s officials were required to submit to depositions — cross-examinations of witnesses conducted under oath but outside the courtroom — in a case filed by the bureau.

Via Instapundit.  It’s always cute when a fresh, new waste of taxpayer dollars wakes up one morning to discover that it is no longer being protected by an indulgent Congress.  Nobody in the GOP likes the CFPB: it was created largely so that Democrats could tell themselves brave stories about how they were the most populist populists who ever popped a list*.  Scheduling the CFPB for a good kicking at regular intervals next year should prove entertaining.

Moe Lane

*Wow.  That almost made sense.  Also, spoiler warning: Democrats are not populists.

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